End of Life Care & Euthanasia
"Like all vets I hated doing this, painless though it was, but to me there has always been a comfort in the knowledge that the last thing these helpless animals knew was the sound of a friendly voice and the touch of a gentle hand."
James Herriot, All Things Wise & Wonderful
Euthanasia actually means "good death" because it is such a gentle process. Although helping owners make the decision to end their cat's life is in some ways a very sad part of my job, I feel truly privileged to be allowed to carry out this ultimate act of relieving pain and suffering in situations when quality of life is minimal. I am hopeful that I will be legally permitted the same dignity when my time comes.
I feel honoured to be a trusted part of the bond between owners and their cats. For me, providing the best of veterinary care goes beyond providing just good medicine. It is just as important that I can provide a gentle, dignified death when the time comes, along with emotional care and support to fellow cat owners.
Is it the right time for euthanasia?
What about options such as end of life palliative care and hospice?
What to expect with the euthanasia process
Laying your cat to rest
Helping children with the loss of a cat
Useful references, links