Empathetic End-of-Life Pet Care

As pet owners ourselves, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital understands the very special bond between pets and families and the need for empathetic guidance when considering a pet’s need for end-of-life care. Because we know the heart-rending decisions that often need to be made, our veterinarians will work closely with you to help make the right decision for your pet and your family.

How can I evaluate my pet’s quality of life?

When pets age, symptoms of illness or conditions that are treatable or completely curable can be mistaken for the “normal” signs of aging. It is even more important as pets age to work closely with our veterinarians so any health issues can be detected early and addressed to keep your pet in his or her best condition.

Some symptoms that suggest your pet’s quality of life may be decreasing include:

  • Pain that is not responding to management protocols
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Pet has stopped eating or drinking
  • Loss of balance
  • Difficulty getting up and down
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities

What should I expect during the euthanasia process?

You will find that our team will respect your need for privacy and will allow you to take the time you need with your pet. We provide a quiet, comfortable, and calming room for your pet and any family members you wish to have with you. You can remain with your pet throughout the procedure if you so desire. Our staff is highly conscientious to treat your pet with the utmost respect before, during, and following the procedure, and our doctors will take the time to answer any and all questions you may have.

We have a cremation service available through which you can opt to have your pet’s ashes returned to you in a cedar urn.

If you have any questions about our end-of-life care options or about your pet’s quality of life, please contact us to speak with our compassionate team.