Caring for Your Pet in Their Later Years
Like most pet owners, we want our animals to have the highest possible quality of life while they are with us. Most people wish our animal companions could live as long as we do. Seeing your pet grow old can be difficult, especially when you have to make decisions regarding their end-of-life care. At Welleby Veterinary Hospital, our goal is to make end-of-life pet care as easy as possible for our clients in Sunrise and surrounding areas. Keeping them comfortable during this period of time is one of the most important parts of a pet’s life, and we take this responsibility very seriously.
Senior Pet Care
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Cats 11 years or older and dogs between 7 and 9 years of age are considered seniors. We recommend that your senior pet come in twice a year for routine exams, so that our veterinarians can discuss changes to their healthcare routine. Animals often try to hide their illness, so our ability to detect problems early is very important when it comes to managing their health. Like elderly people, senior pets are more susceptible to injury and disease, so they require closer monitoring. Maintaining frequent communication with your veterinarian is key to keeping your pet comfortable during this time.
Pet Hospice Care
Some pets require special care that is aimed at managing their comfort, rather than curing the disease. As difficult as this time is for pet owners, it is often reassuring to know that we have many options to help keep your animal happy at this phase of their life.
We understand how painful and difficult it can be to choose euthanasia for your pet, but you don’t have to make that choice alone. If it is determined that your pet’s quality of life has declined, our compassionate staff will talk you through your options and give you time to make your decision. Our veterinarians will help to make your pet’s passing as comfortable and peaceful as possible.
Ask Us How We Can Help
If your pet is ailing, we encourage you to get in touch with us at (954) 748-2002 so we can give them the care and attention they need. You can also call us at any time during our office hours if you have questions about our hospice or euthanasia services.