The end of life is a hard time for both the pet and the pet owner. It can be difficult to know “when it is time” and we are here to help you through that process. Powers Veterinary Clinic recommends a two-part approach when it comes to working through this heavy decision.
The first step starts with you and your family filling out a quality-of-life evaluation for your pet at home. This is a simple worksheet to help you see your pet objectively, not just with your heart. By including your family members in this evaluation, a discussion can be had about concerns or changes some may have noticed, but others hadn’t.
The second step of our approach is a clinical evaluation with your veterinarian in order to assess your pet’s quality of life from a medical perspective. This is the time to talk to your veterinarian about observations that came from the at-home evaluation and discussion. In some situations, medical interventions and lifestyle changes can be implemented to improve the quality of life for a time. Combining the two assessments guides you in making the right decision for your pet.
When the decision has been made and the time has come for the final goodbye, we are here for you too. We give you the option to remain with your pet during the procedure or to have us stay with your loved one. However you need to grieve, we will make space for you.
If you choose to have your pet cremated, we work directly with Midwest Cremation Company out of Poynette, WI. They offer options for individual cremation with the return of your pet’s ashes or for communal cremation and disposal of their ashes.
Download the printable form version below to monitor any changes over time.