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Farewell my friend In-home pet euthanasia

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How do you make the decision to euthanase?

Because our pets cannot clearly express to us their level of pain or discomfort, it can sometimes be difficult to know when to help them move on. This decision is very individual, and best determined by you and your family, though some advice from a veterinary professional can also be very helpful. Dr Cameron is often asked to perform quality of life assessments with the aim of providing a qualified and unbiased assessment of your pet’s individual situation. He will advise on what can and cannot be done and work through the quality of life criteria with you, but in the end, the final decision is of course yours to make. It is very important that you do what feels right for you and your family and Dr Cameron will be supportive and non-judgmental in helping you with your decision.

The following is a list of changes you may notice in your companion that need to be considered when assessing overall quality of life:

  • Dramatic changes in appetite or drinking
  • Loss of interest in activities that once brought joy to them – not interested in playing
  • Confusion, mental distress, increased vocalization, depression, aggression
  • Unable to stand on their own, falling down stairs, collapse
  • Becoming urinary and/or faecal incontinent( accidents in the house) or the inability to toilet without falling down
  • Seems to have more “bad days” than “good days”
  • No longer greeting you at the door
  • Lack of grooming (cats and some dogs)
  • Isolating themselves in the home or back yard
  • Chronic or acute pain – animals rarely cry out in pain, rather, they shift their weight, pant more, appear unsettled, lick joints etc
  • Breathing becomes more of an effort