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Hospice Care

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 Shallowford Animal Hospital to set up an examination for your pet.

Shallowford Animal Hospital 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 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.

Shallowford Animal Hospital 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. If you feel your pet would benefit from end-of-life care please call Shallowford Animal Hospital for an examination.

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If you are interested in our pet hospice care or would like more information, please call us at 423-982-6671 to learn more.