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End of Life Decisions FAQs

Important Questions for Your Pet's Well-Being: Our End of Life Decisions for Pets FAQs

The end of a pet's life is not the sort of topic most pet owners want to face -- but educating yourself on the issue now can help you make the right decisions later, especially since upsetting circumstances usually make it harder to think clearly. Nall Hills Animal Hospital has prepared this "End of Life Decisions for Pets FAQ" so you can gain a better understanding of euthanasia, from the decisions surrounding its use to the important benefits it can convey to a suffering animal.

Older German Sheppard sitting in a field.

  • Shouldn't I just let nature take its course, instead of ending my pet's life myself? Many pet owners cannot bring themselves to consider taking their beloved pet's life for any reason, hoping instead for a natural passing. But if your pet is in extreme pain or misery, drawing out this phase of his life is an act of cruelty, not mercy. Euthanasia is a painless way to spare your pet more of the same.
  • How can my Overland Park veterinarian ease my pet's pain or other difficulties before considering euthanasia? It's possible for many elderly or ailing pets to regain some quality of life even if they're ultimately facing a terminal situation. We can prescribe painkillers, surgery, lifestyle changes or even hospice care to help your pet feel as good as possible during this interval.
  • How can I know when the time has come to help my pet pass? This is a tough question, but ultimately it's all about evaluating your pet's current and future quality of life. Any Overland Park veterinarian on our team will be happy to discuss your pet's condition with you and help you figure out the right course of action.
  • Can you help my pet feel calm and relaxed for this procedure? Our Overland Park, Kansas team will take every step to ensure that your pet is at peace and comfortable. Our in-office euthanasia procedure includes letting the owner stay with the pet if desired, which can be extremely comforting for your best friend. We can also administer to your pet to make certain he is thoroughly relaxed.
  • What's involved in administering euthanasia? After administering the sedative, we inject a strong pharmaceutical substance such as pentobarbital into your pet's body. This renders the pet unconscious and slows breathing to a stop within a few completely painless seconds.
  • What happens to my pet's body once the procedure is complete? It's best to decide what you'll do with your pets remains beforehand. Our Overland Park, Kansas team will be happy to discuss local options with you.

Don't Just Choose "an Overland Park Vet Near Me" -- Choose the Right Overland Park Vet

Your pet's end of life decisions is too critical to simply assign them to any "Overland Park vet near me." Call (913) 341-8836 to entrust this important issue to Nalls Hills Animal Hospital!