Our animals have an inherent instinct to always show their masters their best “face.” Therefore usually by the time we notice a change in their behavior or movement you can be sure they are in true pain. If you are unsure if your pet is nearing the end of their life with you, observe some behaviors that can be indicative of their quality of life. Some of these are breathing difficulties, unable to get up from a laying or sitting position easily, incontinence, decrease in appetite and eating habits, and even just a sad or indifferent response to something that made them happy in the past. If you notice any of these issues, then call our staff at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic to set up an examination for your pet.
All Creatures Veterinary Clinic in Princeton, West Virginia offers hospice and euthanasia services to their clients. Both services are done with the compassion, tenderness and thorough care you are expecting for your loved animal companion.
Hospice care is care that is targeted towards keeping your pet pain-free and to somewhat improve the quality of their life. It is usually done when all other options for treatment have been exhausted. Our doctors and technicians will show you the proper medicine dosage and routines as well as how to keep your pet clean and comfortable while undergoing hospice care. This time in your pet’s life can last anywhere from several weeks to several months. This is a period in your relationship where your bond can be strengthened with your pet and help you come to terms with their passing.
All Creatures Veterinary Clinic will be there for you when the time comes to help your pet pass peacefully to the other side. The euthanasia process begins with a thorough explanation of what will happen before, during and after your pet falls asleep. Our doctor will administer medication that will keep your animal companion pain free and lethargic. Your pet will be given a medication that will stop their breathing and then their heart. It is quick and peaceful. Our staff will be there to help you throughout the procedure and answer any questions with sympathy and compassion.
At All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, we realize that at the end of life, some pets need to be seen within the comfort of their own home. Some clients may find that bringing their pet to the vet at this stage is just too difficult or too stressful. Our veterinarians can provide euthanasia services in your home by appointment when necessary.
Additionally, if you are in need of our euthanasia services for a terminally ill pet, and would prefer to have the service performed at the clinic, but you cannot come into the clinic due to COVID-19 issues, we are offering our pet taxi for pet pickups. As a community service, we are waiving all fees for our taxi service during this challenging time. This service will be available on a first come, first served basis.
If you feel your pet is in need of end-of-life care please call All Creatures Veterinary Clinic for an examination.