Quality of Life Consultation
At Westmount Animal Clinic we consider pet’s quality of life a priority which begins with the very first visit. As pets age, changes in nutrition, environment and veterinary care are necessary to keep pets as healthy as possible. Arthritis, heart disease, kidney dysfunction and cancer are just some of the conditions that are common in older pets. These conditions can be managed with appropriate care but will progress until a patient is no longer comfortable. We work together with pet owners to ensure their pets age gracefully. When a pet’s quality of life has diminished, it may be time to say goodbye peacefully and gently under our veterinarian’s care either here at the clinic or at your home.
Many of us have faced the difficult decisions regarding end of life care for our pets. Providing compassionate guidance to pet owners regarding their aging pets is an essential component of our quality veterinary care. Quality of life consultations involves a discussion of the patient’s health history and current lifestyle. During this time family members provide valuable input regarding their pet’s behaviour, appetite, and mobility. This information, combined with a comprehensive physical exam, enables our veterinarians to help assess the pet’s quality of life and provide helpful feedback to the family. If the level of suffering appears to be too great to overcome with intervention, we will offer options for a peaceful goodbye.
We understand that each family has a unique way of facing end of life decisions and how they wish to memorialize their pet. We will make every effort to ensure that the pet and the family members are as comfortable as possible throughout the process.
A special keepsake capturing your pet’s paw print (memorial clay paw) can be made along with your pet’s hair clipping to add to the many memories you have of your pet!