One of the worst part of owning pets is that they don’t live as long as we do, so at some point it will be time to say goodbye. However, we do have the ability to end a pet’s life with dignity and to relieve suffering. But many people aren’t sure when it’s time. We here at Heritage Animal Hospital have recently had to make these decisions for both our clinic dog and cat, so we understand what you’re going through. First of all, if you are unsure, you can always make an appointment or call us to discuss. As veterinarians, we are trained to look for signs of suffering, pain, and diminishing quality of life in our pets, so we are often a more objective source to help make the decision. Second of all, if you feel it is time for whatever reason, we will not second guess or judge you for this. You know your pet the best. Things we often recommend looking at include is the pet eating/drinking, is the pet able to move on it’s own, and is the pet still interacting with you. Does it enjoy the things it used to? (Note-a 15 year old dog is the equivalent of a 90 year old person, so it may […]Learn More
One of the more common questions we get asked as our pets age, is when to decide when it’s time for humane euthanasia. First off, I’d like to say there are many right answers to this question. A number of things are taken into account when looking at quality of life. You know your pet best-what makes your pet themselves? Does Fido love playing ball? Does Fifi lives to eat? Does Spot have to be in the room with you at all times? If your pet is not able to do these things anymore or is not interested in doing them anymore, it might be time. Important things to consider are whether the pet is still eating, able to get around, and interacting with the family. They may be slower than they used to be, and maybe a walk around the block instead of a mile long walk is all they can do, but if they can’t get around on their own this can significantly impact their quality of life. Nutrition is an important consideration, and if they aren’t eating on their own this can be a major red flag. Most pets live to eat, and this is often one of the main reasons clients choose to euthanize. An examination may be recommended […]Learn More
Heritage Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinarian clinic that provides examinations, diagnostic services, dental care, surgical services, medicine, grooming and boarding services in Maple Grove, Minnesota. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of pet care possible and facilitating an environment where client communication and education are at the forefront of our practice.
12624 Base Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sat: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.