Town & Country Animal Hospital: Humane Euthanasia Services In Ocala
At Town & Country Animal Hospital, our veterinarians in Ocala is here through every stage of your beloved pet's life. Unfortunately for most pet owners, there comes a time when the difficult decision to euthanize a pet must be made. We understand what an important part of your life your pet is and the pain that often comes along with making that decision. This is why we offer compassionate, humane, and peaceful euthanasia services in our office.
Making the Right Decision for Your Pet
Sometimes, it's not easy knowing when euthanasia is the best option for your pet. While our team will never make the decision for you, we will provide you with information that can help you reach a decision regarding euthanasia. Above all else, it is important to consider your pet's quality of life; if your pet is suffering and there are no medical treatments available to ease your pet's pain, then euthanasia may be the most humane choice. Some common signs that your pet's quality of life may be suffering include:
- no interest in once-favorite activities
- constant sickness (vomiting, diarrhea, etc.)
- pain that cannot be controlled by medication
When deciding whether or not euthanasia is the best option for your pet, it is important to consult with and involve all family members in the process whenever possible.
What to Expect When Having a Pet Euthanized
If you decide to have your pet euthanized with us, we will give you the option to stay with your pet in his or her final moments, or to wait in another room. Some pet owners cannot bear to see their pet in the final moments of life, whereas others feel a sense of closure by being there. Whatever choice you make is perfectly fine.
Before euthanasia is done, some pets will be given a sedative to cause drowsiness and relaxation. From there, sodium pentobarbital is injected into the pet's leg, which causes the pet to become unconscious and eventually stops the heart. The process usually takes just a few minutes. Following euthanasia, it is not uncommon for some muscle twitching to occur, as well as for the bowels and/or bladder to release.
If you wish, you may spend some time alone with your pet after the procedure. For those who plan to bury their pet, it is possible to bring the pet's body home the same day or have a pet cemetery service pick it up. We also offer cremation services for those who prefer to go this route, and we can contact you when your pet's ashes are ready to be picked up.
Questions? Contact Our Ocala Veterinarians Today
If you have further questions about euthanasia or aren't sure whether or not euthanasia is the most humane option for your pet, don't hesitate to contact our Ocala veterinarians. You can reach Town & Country Animal Hospital at (352) 840-7020; our friendly and compassionate team can assist you.