Understanding When It's Time to Say Goodbye
Bixby Animal Clinic understands, as a pet owner, how difficult it is to come into consideration to euthanize a beloved pet. Our staff and veterinarians prioritize making sure that you and your pet are comfortable when discussing the process of euthanasia and if it's an appropriate decision for your pet based on their health. As our pets age, they are more open to developing life-limiting diseases such as organ failure or cancer. Once these illnesses are diagnosed, that is the best time to consider your pet's overall health and measure their quality of life.
In preparation to know if it's your pet's time, we have formulated end-of-life questions to help you determine if humane euthanasia should be considered:
1. Is your pet any chronic pain that cannot be alleviated or controlled with any medication?
2. Has your pet stopped eating and/or lost weight?
3. Does your pet have chronic vomiting and diarrhea that can't be controlled?
4. Has your pet's activity levels dropped?
5. Does your pet have a hard time standing or walking on its own?
Compassionate Pet Euthanasia
At Bixby Animal Clinic, we know how emotionally and mentally draining it can be to say goodbye to your pet, so our euthanasia process is designed to be as peaceful as possible for you and your pet.
During your visit, our veterinarian will examine your pet's health, help you determine if euthanasia is appropriate or not, and go over the process. During the process, you and your family can choose how involved you wish to be in your pet's final moments. If you'd like to stay with your beloved dog or cat throughout their last moments, our staff will escort you to a private room where you can take some time to say your goodbyes or hold your pet while he or she passes.
At our facility, we also offer private cremation and paw prints if you would like to commemorate your beloved pet and the endless memories that have been made.
Bixby Animal Clinic's main goal is to make this difficult process easier for you, your family, and your pet. For questions about our pet euthanasia services or to schedule an appointment with Bixby Animal Clinic, call us at (562) 426-4066.