How do I know when it is time for my pet to cross the rainbow bridge?
Often our pets will show us when the time is right, but it is still hard to make the decision. It's important to work with your veterinarian to determine the quality of life of your pet and available effective treatments for your pet's condition. Also keep in mind you and your family's emotional well-being and other factors related to your pet's health. When good quality of life and well-being can no longer be achieved, then euthanasia can be a kind and compassionate choice.
Here at our clinic we have information packets to help you. Here are just a few things that may help you decide when that time is right:
- Dr. McVety's Pet Quality of Life Scale and Diary- Quality of Life Scale This provides a scoring sheet to evaluate your pets social functions, physical health, natural function and mental health as well as your family's concerns. "When evaluating the quality of life of your pet, personalized patient and family information is important when reaching an educated, informed, and supported choice that fits not only your pet’s medical condition but also your wishes and expectations. In short, quality of life applies not only to the pet; it also applies to you!" - Dr. McVety
- Dr. Gardner's Pet Quality of Life Scale and Diary- Quality of Life Scale and Daily Dairy This provides a scoring sheet and daily diary for your pet that covers physical health, natural function and mental health.
This is a calendar that we recommend putting up on your fridge that your whole family can write on to say whether your pet had a good or bad day. A lot of times, your family will see different things with pets that not everyone might see due to busy schedules of work and every day life. It gives you an idea of how many good days and how many bad days your pet has in a week or month. Quality of Life Calendar
- Here are some Pain Score sheets that might help you determine when your pet is more painful than other times- For cats: pain-score-catdocx.pdf For dogs: pain-score-dog.pdf
- We have found that Lap of Love and Day By Day, Pet Caregiver Support both have a great line of support systems that you can call and a lot of information that you can download and read. Day by Day has great information on helping with grief for your whole family, whether it be yourself, children, or other pets. They have a full support system and are a non-profit organization that are there to help you and provide you with the materials you need to help you make that decision. Lap of Love is a great organization that is located all over the country including here in Buffalo, that provides a lot of great material as well as in home euthanasia for your pet.
What options are there when the time comes for my pet to cross the rainbow bridge?
- We offer euthanasia services in the hospital, and owners can take home their pet for home burial or to a pet crematory or pet cemetery. We also offer cremation services, either private cremation with ashes returned or group cremation with ashes not returned. All of our cremation services are provided by Pet Heaven Funeral Home, Inc.
- If your pet passes away at home, we can still offer the crematory services or you can take them directly to Pet Heaven or another crematory/cemetery.
- Lap of Love offers in home euthanasia services and aftercare services: Lap of Love Pricing and Information *If not in Buffalo/Niagara Region please go to this link to find your closest Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lap of Love Veterinarian Locator
- If there is an emergency we recommend using the local emergency veterinarians that can perform euthanasia services if needed: Orchard Park, Village Vet of Hamburg, Greater Buffalo Vet Emergency Clinic
We are always available here at the clinic for our clients that are in need of grief counseling or just need someone to talk to about their pet.