Providing Thoughtful, Compassionate Euthanasia Services
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 doctors and staff in Springfield are here to provide support and help you understand the importance of humane pet 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.
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 pet euthanasia. We only recommend this step if we feel that no amount of treatment will improve your pet's condition.
If you would prefer, we can come to your home to perform the euthanasia procedure. This allows your pet to remain comfortable, relaxed, and surrounded by loved ones in the place they know best. Furthermore, you and your family can say goodbye to your pet in a manner that benefits everyone involved. We’re more than happy to respect your wishes at this time.
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.