End-of-Life Care &
Humane Cat and Dog Euthanasia
in Alameda, CA
At Providence Veterinary Hospital & Clinic in Alameda, our team prides itself on being there for you and your pet through your pet’s entire life, from puppy and kitten-hood through their golden years. We understand just how deep the human-animal bond can be, and how difficult it is to make the tough decision of saying goodbye to your cherished companion. End of life decisions are some of the most difficult you’ll have to make regarding your pet’s care, but we’re here for you every step of the way. Our cat and dog euthanasia services help give your pet a peaceful and dignified passing that relieves their suffering and provides closure for you and your family.
Knowing When It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Our cats and dogs cannot tell us when they are ready to pass on, but there are signs to look for regarding your pet’s quality of life. If your pet seems to have more bad days than good and no longer seems like themselves, that’s usually a good indication to consider end-of-life care.
Here are some other things to look for to help you with your decision:
- No longer interested in things they used to love (certain games, treats, walks, etc.)
- No longer greets you happily at the door
- No interest in eating or drinking
- Reluctant to get up
- Sleeping most of the day
- Avoids social interaction with the family and other pets
- Is in pain, despite pain medications
For more details about assessing your pet's quality of life, please refer to the Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement's quality of life scale.
If you notice any of the above signs, please make an appointment with us. We may first offer hospice or palliative care such as pain medication to ease your pet's discomfort and give you a little more time with them. Once our efforts are no longer effective in maintaining quality of life, however, we'll be here to guide you in your next decision.
What to Expect with Pet Euthanasia
The euthanasia process is a humane option for ending your pet’s suffering. It causes no pain or stress and lets your pet pass on with dignity. When you and your family decide on euthanasia for your cat or dog, we’ll set up an appointment at our hospital or clinic, where you’ll be given a private, quiet room in which to spend your final moments with your pet. We’ll first administer a sedative that puts your pet into a deep sleep. Then, when you are ready, we’ll administer the euthanasia. The medicine works very quickly and your pet will pass on painlessly.
If you are interested in a house call service for your pet’s euthanasia procedure, we can recommend trusted services nearby.
In order to avoid difficult decisions on that day, please be sure to make after-care arrangements for your pet’s remains ahead of time. If you need any guidance in choosing after-care services, please don’t hesitate to ask, and we can share with you our recommendations.
Pet Loss Support
If you are grieving the loss of a four-legged friend, the FAAS Pet Loss Support Group is here for you. Please contact FAAS for more information about how to sign up.