Saying goodbye and letting go of a loved one is always hard. We know how difficult it is to lose a beloved furry member of your family, and know how hard it can be to make a decision regarding possible treatments or care for your pet when the situation does not look promising.
No matter what you decide, we are here to help you and your pet through the process. While it is not something anyone likes to talk about, we advise discussing a few things before there is a need, so you will not be making a decision when you are emotionally distraught.
How Much and What Type of Care Should Be Given?
As your pet ages, you will need to make decisions regarding his or her care. If your pet has a terminal illness or is reaching the end of his or her senior years, make an appointment with us to discuss:
Your pet’s overall health status
How much pain is involved, and what pain management options are suitable
Whether or not you can provide care at home
What to expect in the near future
There may be a special diet or medications that need to be given. Animals can develop chronic diseases, the same way humans can, that need special treatments. We will help you to be aware of the extra care your pet will need to be happy and comfortable at home.
Discussing end-of-life care with us before it is needed helps us to help you.
You have a few choices regarding what will be done with your pet’s remains one he or she has passed. It is most common to have a cremation performed, which we can assist you in arranging. We have several options if you choose to keep your pet’s ashes, as well.
The bond between you and your pet can make it difficult to make decisions regarding end-of-life care. Over the course of your pet’s life, as you bring him or her in for physicals, vaccinations, or other treatments, talk with us about how we can help you when there may be a tough decision to make. We only want what is truly best for you both.
"Everyone is very friendly when we arrive with our dogs. We have had a few emergencies with our dogs and I always feel very confident that my dogs' health is the highest priority. The follow up from the office when my dog was in the emergency room overnight was extremely appreciated. I felt that the practice cared just as much for my pets as I did. This type of attentiveness is exactly why I would never go to another practice."
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""Value" is a tough thing - veterinary care is expensive. The line-item receipt really helps me understand all of the components of a visit and a checkup. There's never getting around the 'gulp factor' when it's time to pay...but I feel that my pets are getting excellent, and not excessive, care."
"Your "front of the house" people are great. Miriam and the rest are efficient and courteous, and clearly know and love our dogs. Can't buy that."
"Dr. Schnoor has treated our dogs since weaning, 9 years ago. She is professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. She helped save my female dog's life a few years ago, for which I will always be grateful. Dr. Ross has been a great addition. He is also conscientious and well informed. Human hospitals could learn a lesson."
"Dr. Ross is very thorough and professional. He takes time with clients to review pet status and healthcare planning. The support staff is great with the animals."
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