When a pet receives a terminal diagnosis or injury, meaning they cannot be cured, a veterinarian’s focus shifts from curative care to palliative care. Palliative care is designed to maintain the quality of a pet’s life as they navigate their final months, weeks, or days. End-of-life care keeps a terminally ill pet comfortable with treatments and therapies designed to mitigate pain, aid mobility, and maintain appetite.
When palliative care can no longer effectively mitigate suffering and maintain a pet’s quality of life, this is usually an indication that the time for euthanasia has arrived. Although this is one of the most difficult decisions pet owners face making, it’s also one of the most selfless things you can do for your pet. Euthanasia comes from the Greek words that literally mean “good death,” and it provides a pet with a compassionate, dignified, and pain-free passing.