Knowing when your elderly pet is in pain or suffering and when the time is right for their peaceful euthanasia is hard, especially if you don’t know what to assess. We support families through the end of life stages by providing in home palliative care, acupuncture and euthanasia services so families can be less fearful of what is happening, more confident in making end of life decisions and ultimately provide their beloved pet with the final gentle goodbye they deserve.
I want you to meet two special furbabies of mine. Meet Jack, Jack is my heart dog. He crossed over the rainbow bridge in November 2016. He was 19 years young when I had to say goodbye. For many, many years, our home felt like a luxury retirement village for senior dogs. We had senior lad Jack, who had been an integral part of our family since he was 3 years old. He adopted us and convinced us to break him out of Renbury Farm in 2000.
Years later, old man Percy came into work in a terrible state. He was suffering from
Fortunately for my boys, they had a veterinarian and veterinary acupuncturist as their mum. Over the years they challenged my veterinary skills, taught me many lessons and showered our whole family with love.
I have faced so many of the challenges that senior pets bring us, pacing, urinary and faecal incontinence, loss of house training, deafness (which has it’s perks in storm/firework season), loss of vision, doggy dementia, questions on when is it the right time, pain management, anxiety management, concurrent diseases, quality of life and finally the grief that comes from loving them so dearly and then having to say one final goodbye.
Many of my patients are sensational seniors, and I aim at helping them to live out their twilight years with as much comfort and good quality of life as possible. As our pets age, it is easy to assume there is nothing that can be done to ease the aging process. There is however plenty that can be done to maintain their quality of life and ensure they are not just surviving but thriving. By utilising a combination of medications, acupuncture, diet, supplements, physical therapies and mobility aids we can significantly improve the day to day life of our senior pets.
Euthanasia translates to mean a good death, and I believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give our furbabies in the end is the gift of a good death, at home, surrounded by the ones who love them the most. Now this isn’t always possible, but when we know that the end is close and we have a plan, it is possible to make this happen.
It was the love and experiences that my boys Jack and Percy gave me which inspired me to create a service that is focused on providing excellent palliative and end of life care to our senior pets. After all, when they have been so good to us for so long, providing us with unlimited unconditional love, it is the least we can do for them when they need us the most.
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