Cat & Dog Euthanasia & End of Life Care
Our pets are family and when they grow old, it can be more and more difficult to make them comfortable and ensure they are still enjoying life. At Hayes Veterinary Hospital in DeRidder, LA, and Entrance Road Veterinary Clinic in Leesville, LA, our veterinarians and staff offer compassionate and humane end of life pet care as well as cat and dog euthanasia at home or in one of our hospitals. Our goal is to help your pet be as comfortable as possible until the end.
Palliative & Hospice Care
For older pets with chronic or terminal illnesses, or those who are simply growing older, we offer palliative and hospice care services. Our focus is on doing all we can to make the final years of your pet’s life as pleasant and pain-free as possible. Some of the palliative and hospice care services we offer include:
- Acupuncture (at HVH only)
- Herbal medicine (at HVH only)
- Pain medications
- Laser therapy (at ERVC only)
- Dietary changes, including supplements
Knowing When It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Pets can’t tell us when they’re ready to go on, but there are clear signs we can watch for that suggest they may be ready. Our veterinarians are here to offer you support and guidance, as well as to help you fully understand your pet’s condition, and the pain they may be in. Some of the most important things to be aware of include:
- Level of pain. Does your pet seem to be in constant pain (limping, having difficulty getting up and down, crying out, whining)?
- Sociability. Do they still greet you at the door when you come home? Are they ready and willing to interact with the family?
- Eating and drinking. Are they eating and drinking? Do they still enjoy their favorite treats?
- Sense of awareness. Is your pet aware and responsive? Do they respond to commands, and respond to things they like (opening of a treat bag, grabbing their leash, etc.)?
You know your pet best of all. While we can counsel you about your pet’s condition and the level of discomfort they may be in, it is ultimately up to you to decide when it’s time to say goodbye.
The Euthanasia Procedure
Our veterinarians can perform pet euthanasia either in one of our hospitals or in the comfort of your home. We will give you all the time you need to say your final goodbyes to your pet. When you are ready, your pet receives two injections. The first is a sedative that helps them calm down, relax, and drift off to sleep. The second will be the euthanasia medication which works by slowly stopping your pet’s heart. These procedures are wholly painless, and your pet will drift off peacefully.
If you need guidance on after-care services such as burial or cremation, we would be happy to talk to you about our recommendations.