Providing Thoughtful, Compassionate Cat and Dog Euthanasia in Springfield, IL
Having shared our lives with pets that we’ve also had to say goodbye to has helped us appreciate the strength pet parents show when they have to do the unthinkable. Know that our veterinarians and staff in Springfield are here to provide support and help you understand the importance of humane cat and dog euthanasia, which gives your pet the chance to pass on with dignity. In addition to giving them comfort and peace in their last moments, we also want to honor their life the best we can. It’s what you and your pet deserve.
If you want to talk with a vet about your pet, call us at (217) 525-9556.
Knowing When It's Time
It’s natural for pets to “slow down” and show other signs of aging such as vision and hearing loss, and cognitive dysfunction. However, there is a marked difference between a healthy senior pet and an unhealthy one. An important part of senior pet care is monitoring their health regularly and managing any existing conditions they have with carefully-prescribed medication. Many senior pets do well with this type of program. Still, the following behaviors could indicate a severely diminished quality of life:
- Lack of appetite
- Sleeping all the time
- No interest in playing or other daily activities
- Retreating and hiding
In cases like these, it may be time to consider cat and dog euthanasia. We only recommend this step if we feel that no amount of treatment will improve your pet's condition.
When you are ready, we can discuss aftercare options for your pet—there is no right or wrong way to honor their memory. If you would like your pet’s remains returned to you, we work with Butler Funeral Homes for all cremation, burial, and memorialization services. Butler is a family-owned and operated business that has been faithfully serving Springfield and surrounding areas for well over a century. However you choose to handle your pet’s aftercare, we’re here to help in any way you need. Call (217) 525-9556 to consult with us about your pet’s end-of-life care or to discuss aftercare options.