3240 Briarfield Blvd
Maumee, OH 43537
Total Pet Care
Grief for the impending loss of your pet is complicated by the need to make difficult, often painful decisions. You may ask yourself how much treatment should I pursue? At what point will treatment cause more trauma than relief? Can I provide the care needed to keep my pet comfortable? At what point, if any, should I consider euthanasia?
Sometimes circumstances don’t give you time to ask such questions. An unexpected illness or injury might give you minutes or hours. Whenever possible, it is ideal to develop a plan, taking into consideration three basic issues:
* When should you consider euthanasia? When your pet is ill, this may be the last question you want to think about. Yet, it is an important question that needs to be considered. Our veterinarians can provide you with information on your pet’s problem that can help you form your plan. By defining a “decision point” in advance, you place boundaries on the suffering your pet is likely to endure.
If you need help please see the Quality of Life Scale which can help you evaluate your pet's life currently.
Quality of Life
* Will you be there? This is a very personal issue. This is not a decision to be made lightly or based on someone else’s choices. Many feel that the pet’s well-being is the most important consideration. If you believe your pet will feel more comfortable or secure in your presence, you’ll probably want to stay. On the other hand, if you’re concerned that your own reaction and grief may disturb the pet more than the process itself, you may prefer to leave.
* What will you do next? The worst time to decide what to do with your pet’s remains is at the last minute. It’s far better to begin discussing options in advance. We offer several options:
1. You may take your pet home for a private burial.
2. We can arrange a private cremation for your pet with its ashes returned to you.
3. We can handle your pet’s remains for you, which involves a communal cremation, no ashes will be returned to you.
Our staff members are also dog and cat owners and, therefore, they understand the bond between humans and animals and the difficulty of losing a cherished pet. Our veterinarians will do everything possible to help you through this decision and is available to talk to you about the euthanasia process before you come in for the service, so that you understand what to expect.