End-of-Life Pet Services in Maryland
Whether they’re cats, dogs, or pocket pets, our furry friends find a place in our hearts and our homes, and realizing they’re nearing the end of their life can be a very scary and painful process. At Germantown Vet, we can help you handle the end of your pet’s life with dignity and compassion.
Call us today at 240-252-7467 to get more information about your pet’s end-of-life services and discuss your options.
Senior Pet Care
As your pet ages, it may be time to consider special senior pet care. Adjusting diet, exercise, and lifestyle for your dog, cat, or other pet can help increase quality of life and help them live a longer, healthier life.
Every pet is different, and what lifestyle changes are best might vary. You can talk with one of our veterinarians to determine what will work best for your beloved pet.
Is It Time?
One of the most common questions pet owners ask themselves is, “Is it time?” That is a very difficult question, and it is one that should be discussed with your veterinarian. Many times, we have pets visit us at the end of their life who are experiencing a lot of pain, and their quality of life has deteriorated. In these cases, it is often the humane thing to do to put them down.
However, you will need to consult a veterinarian about the best course of action. Our vets provide compassion and understanding when discussing your pet’s end of life options.
Quality of Life Scale
To determine your pet’s quality of life, professionals consider the following criteria by using a score of 0-10 (10 = good) for each:
- Hurt: Is your pet in pain? Can the pain be easily managed?
- Hunger: Is your pet eating enough? Have methods such as hand-feeding helped?
- Hydration: Is your pet dehydrated? Are subcutaneous fluids once or twice a day tolerated and enough to solve the problem?
- Hygiene: Do you brush your pet and keep them clean after elimination? Are there pressure sores on your pet?
- Happiness: Does your pet seem happy? Does your pet respond to things around them, like family members or toys? Can you move your pet’s bed to minimize isolation?
- Mobility: Can your pet get up without assistance? Can they move around with or without human or mechanical help?
- More Good Days than Bad: If your pet is having more bad days than good, it could be time to consider the pet’s quality of life.
The numbers are added up, and if the total exceeds a score of 35, then your pet is deemed to have an acceptable quality of life. For more information, click here.
To discuss end-of-life options with one of our caring staff members, contact us today.
Deciding to euthanize a pet is never easy and can cause feelings of guilt and grief. When you talk with the vets at Germantown Vet, we will always let you know if there are viable treatment or care options to consider before euthanasia.
Sometimes owner-requested euthanasia is the only way to stop a pet’s pain or poor quality of life. In this case, remember that it is a painless procedure, so your pet will not feel any distress.
End-of-Life Options for Pets
At Germantown Vet, we offer a number of end-of-life options for your pet from Agape Pet Services. They are a pet cremation facility that provides private cremation services and will return your pet’s remains to you. Agape also offers private attended pet cremation, allowing you to be present during the process.
Agape Pet Services also has specially chosen urns, keepsake jewelry, and burial markers. You can visit their website to view the many options available. Orders can be placed directly online or you can give them a call, and they will be happy to help you through the ordering process.
Compassionate End-of-Life Care
If you believe your pet is nearing the end of his or her life, please give us a call. Our caring team can discuss all of your options with you so that you can make the most humane decision possible.
Contact us online or by phone at 240-252-7467 to request more information about euthanasia or end-of-life services for your pet in the Montgomery County, MD area.
About Germantown Vet
Since opening our doors in 1983, Germantown Vet has become the go-to veterinary clinic for pet owners throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. Our state-of-the-art veterinary facility with an in-house laboratory allows us to provide full surgical, dental, ultrasound, and even acupuncture services for your pet to ensure all aspects of your pet’s health can be cared for.
Your pet’s lab work, X-rays, prescriptions, and medical history are available in the patient’s electronic medical record—just like the best human hospitals. When needed, these medical documents are ready to send to other animal specialists or to a new vet in another state if your family is moving. Our veterinarians are available to care for hospitalized patients after hours, and we have a live-in veterinary nurse to check on our patients during the night.
Germantown Vet—Knowledgeable, Compassionate Animal Care
At Germantown Vet, we’re pet owners too. Family-owned and -operated, we treat our patients and their owners as we would treat our own pets and family members. Our veterinarians take the time to listen, educate, and create a customized plan for your pet’s health. It is important to us to treat each pet and its owner as individuals with their own needs and concerns.
For more information about our veterinary services in Germantown, MD, contact us today.