Peaceful Endings: Help Your Pet Through Her Final Days With Comfort and Care

Be an Advocate

Online pet forums or local support groups can help you discover what other pet owners are doing to help with their pet’s quality of life. Share that information with your veterinarian. You will likely find that there are some alternative, holistic, or complementary therapies available that may help. If your veterinarian doesn’t offer these services, he or she may be able to refer you to someone who does. It’s important to keep your veterinarian informed of any treatments or therapies you’re offering your pet to ensure that there are no medical or therapeutic concerns when combining therapies.
 Offering complementary therapies to your pet, in your home, is a great way to increase the bond between you two, create special moments and memories, and help her last days be as comfortable and pleasant as possible. By creating these moments with your pet and providing intentional end-of-life care, you can feel more confident that you have done everything possible for your pet.

“We have a moral and ethical obligation to advocate on behalf of beings who cannot advocate for themselves,” Dr. Downing says.“Relieving and preventing pain and suffering as an animal approaches its death is undeniably an obligation we share.”

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of HealthyPet magazine.

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