Hospice & Euthanasia

Hospice & Euthanasia

“What he have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply become a part of us.”
-Helen Keller

 

Caring for an ill or aging pet comes with its own difficulties, and we’re here to help you navigate that path. Every pet’s case and every family’s situation is different. During your visit, Dr. Grossbard can discuss with you the medical options for your pet, quality of life, financial factors, and personal beliefs unique to your situation to help determine how to best keep your pet comfortable. 

 

Quality of Life

As our pets age or an illness progresses, it can be difficult to know what is manageable and when it is time to let them cross the rainbow bridge. It can be helpful to assess if your pet is in pain or suffering, and keep track of their behavior and symptoms. From there you can determine what you consider a “good day” or a “bad day” for you pet. Each day, discuss with your family how your pet did and mark on a calendar or place a marker in one of two jars. Over the days, weeks, or months that follow you can check how their quality of life is changing. 

Studies have found that caring for an ailing pet can cause the same level of stress as caring for an aging parent. If you find yourself overwhelmed, https://www.petcaregiverburden.com/ offers resources for those dealing with this type of stress. 

 

When It’s Time To Say Goodbye

It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved companion, but rest assured that we will treat your pet with the same compassion and respect as we would a member of our own family. 

We work with Forever My Pet in Gilroy to care for your pet’s remains. If you elect for private cremation, your pet’s remains will be returned to you in an engraved wooden urn. If you would prefer communal cremation, your pet’s remains will be spread respectfully in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  

Please note, the return of remains typically takes 1-2 weeks. Out of respect for the grieving process, we will only call once to inform you when your pet has been returned to us. 

 

We do not offer at-home euthanasia services, but can offer a list of trusted and compassionate professionals upon request. 

Grief Support Resources 

The SFSPCA and the Peninsula Humane Society both offer monthly pet loss support groups with monthly meetings

https://www.sfspca.org/resource/pet-loss-support/

https://phs-spca.org/grief/

 

http://www.aplb.org

http://www.petloss.com

http://www.pet-loss.net

http://www.petpartners.org/Pet-Loss-Resources

 

Helping Children Deal With Pet Loss Grief

https://www.lapoflove.com/community/Pet-Loss-Support/Children-and-Pets-Grief-Resources 

https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/Grief_Support_Center/Grief_Support/Child_activity_book.pdf