Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms. Deciding when your pet may need hospice care or euthanasia is a very personal and private decision, but that doesn’t mean you have to make this difficult choice on your own.
Some people describe the process of making this decision as heartbreaking, surreal, or “the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do.” Others may feel immense guilt, or avoid making the decision altogether.
Dr. Zafir who is very compassionate in all that he does, has himself gone down this path with his own beloved pets. He can help you through this painful process and his recommendations will always be in your best interests and that of your pets. Dr. Zafir will first and foremost provide comfort and attempt to maintain some semblance of a quality of life. If that cannot be attained then pet home euthanasia makes this difficult time less stressful for everyone involved and the most unselfish thing we can do for our pet.
Although it’s difficult, planning euthanasia for your ailing pet is the kindest and most humane thing that you can do. It’s helpful to learn more about the process, talk openly, ask questions and plan things in advance as much as possible.
While it may sound strange to some, it can also be a great comfort to have a conversation with your pet about their quality of life and what lies ahead.
Choosing a place to say goodbye to your pet is very important, but you can go a few steps further if you’d like: indoors, you can create a calm, soothing atmosphere by dimming the lights, playing low, familiar music, and lighting candles; outdoors, a setting sun in the background is always appropriate.
To ensure that the experience will be as tranquil as possible, please remember to turn off telephones, televisions and any other distracting devices ahead of time.
Doing these things can give you a greater sense of control in a difficult time, and allow a more peaceful experience for everyone involved.
Please note Dr. Zafir does not perform convenience euthanasia (e.g. a relatively healthy pet)