At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital we believe end-of-life care is often the most important and most humane type of care a pet receives. With advances in veterinary medicine, we now understand more about pet suffering and how to manage pet pain to improve quality of life.
Making Difficult Decisions
With hospice care, pet owners want to ensure their pet has a high quality of life for as long as possible. Our doctors have the experience to compassionately advise pet owners about quality of life issues. These decisions can be very painful, and it’s always our goal to provide you with appropriate options that make the most sense for you and your cherished companion.
Some factors to consider when determining quality of life include:
- Appetite—Is a pet interested in food and getting an adequate amount of nutrition?
- Nausea—Is a pet able to keep down the food that he or she ingests?
- Mobility—Can a pet move about in order to have normal function? Does a lack of mobility interfere with urination or bowel movements?
- Interest—Does a pet show an interest in his or her favorite toys and activities?
- Alertness—Is a pet aware and interacting with his or her environment?
- Pain management—Is a pet comfortable or can he or she be made more comfortable with reasonable adjustments or with medical intervention?
What to Expect
As pet owners ourselves, we understand the emotional trauma of euthanasia. We have designed our hospital with a quiet, comfortable room where owners and families can spend time with their pet to say goodbye. We also have the ability to schedule at-home euthanasia. Please contact us for more information about this service.
Our veterinarians are always available to discuss how to proceed in any situation and can provide guidance to you and your family throughout this very difficult time. Grief support and professional counselors are also available for those who may be having a particularly hard time and need additional help.
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital believes in providing compassionate hospice care for pets and their families. Our team is available to consult with you on your individual needs and to answer any questions you may have.