Sometimes owners choose not to euthanize their terminally ill pets. This may be due to religious or spiritual beliefs, or just a reluctance to make that final decision on their pet’s behalf. In the past, these pet families often found themselves “outside” of the usual circle of veterinary care. Due to minimal options available beyond a traditional clinical setting, they ended up alone to struggle through their pet’s final days or weeks. Left largely without medical care, some of these pets sadly “suffered to death”.
Today, with education about the death process, superb pain management, intensive nursing care and ongoing quality of life assessments, pet families who do not wish to euthanize can help their beloved companions pass with peace, dignity and comfort.
“Palliated, but not intentionally hastened, death”. This terminology was first used by Dr. Katherine Goldberg, one of the leaders in the field of veterinary hospice care, and aptly describes the current approach to death without euthanasia. With an emphasis on quality of life and alleviation of suffering while the natural process of death occurs, Sage Veterinary Services is prepared to assist owners who choose this route.