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Whether your beloved pet has a chronic condition, a life limiting disease or problems associated with natural aging, you may not be sure if your pet’s life journey is at the end or what decision to make. We understand your concerns and Kindred Spirits Pet Services offers end of life counseling to help with this challenging situation.
Dr. Barrett can perform a Quality of Life Assessment for your pet to help you make the best choice for you and your companion. We will contact your veterinarian to request medical records to learn as much as we can about your pet before the assessment. Dr. Barrett will meet with you and your pet in the comfortable environment of your home rather than the busy and stressful setting of a veterinary clinic. The assessment can also be completed in the Kindred Spirits comfort room if needed. We want to understand the health problems your pet is facing and what their usual day is like to best determine both their and your physical, emotional and social needs.
The assessment includes a physical examination, pain evaluation, and questionnaire regarding your pet’s quality of life. Dr. Barrett will provide you with options and guidance, which may include:
Dr. Barrett will not prescribe any medications or provide treatment unless your pet is enrolled in pet hospice. Enrollment can occur during the Quality of Life Assessment visit for an additional fee.
Gentle humane euthanasia can also be administered after the Quality of Life Assessment visit for an additional fee.
As you consider the phrase “quality of life”, remember this pertains to the quality of your pet’s life as well as your own. It is important to also think of your own needs during this time. Here are some questions to ask yourself that can help you keep track of your quality of life.
Assessing your own life does not diminish the love or care you are giving to your pet, but rather emphasizes which priorities need to be tended to and in which order. While it can be hard to make difficult decisions based on financial or other limitations, it is important to take care of yourself and also remember that you have done and are still doing the best that you can for your pet.