Pet Euthanasia

Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital Discusses Pet Euthanasia

Having a pet means committing to being there for all stages of its life, from the rambunctious days of puppy or kitten hood to the final moments. When your pet grows old or is afflicted with a serious illness, you may have to make the decision to euthanize him or her to prevent unnecessary suffering. This decision can be a very difficult one for pet owners. Our trusted veterinarians in Charlotte, NC at Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital can provide the information and support you need at this difficult time.

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End of Life Issues for Your Pet

Veterinarians deal with life and death issues in their practice every day. Veterinary science has advanced to a high level, but it cannot change the course of life and death. When animals become very old, extremely ill or are seriously injured, the best course may be to euthanize to prevent more suffering.

How Do You Know When Pet Euthanasia Is Necessary?

Generally, your vet may begin to talk to you about euthanasia when all available methods of treatment have been exhausted. Your pet may have a serious illness like untreatable cancer or may have received catastrophic injuries.

Many pet owners want to spend as much time as possible with their pet, but they also do not want to prolong suffering. When the quality of life has diminished significantly, you may feel it’s time to provide a comfortable ending for your pet. Your vet can advise you on the condition of your pet and whether euthanasia is advised.

What Happens During Euthanasia?

Euthanasia is generally given in two injections. The first one is a sedative that will relax your pet and cause it to fall into a deep sleep so that there is no anxiety that the animal may pick up from its pet owner. The animal feels no pain during the process of euthanasia. The second injection will cause the animal’s heart to slow and then stop. After the animal has passed, you will be given time with your pet to say good-bye. Then, the vet will discuss option for handling their remains.

Make Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital Our Veterinarians in Charlotte, NC

When you make Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital your veterinarian in Charlotte, NC, you have access to a wide range of services that will provide the highest quality care for your pet at all stages of life. We offer behavioral counseling and can assist you in making important decisions for your pet’s well-being.

Call our Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital today at (704) 278-8000 for an appointment to learn the best ways to care for your cherished pet.


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