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Euthanasia of a Beloved Pet

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The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, Inc. (APLB) is the only Internet clearing house dealing with the loss of a pet. It is a nonprofit international alliance of bereavers and counselors, dedicated to helping others. The APLB offers all possible assistance to anyone involved or interested in pet bereavement. It provides a wide range of directories of services, books, chat rooms, newsletters and personal Email assistance,among many other free services.
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Tess Laraway's comment, April 3, 2014 5:39 PM
Some questions that a pet owner should ask themselves include: Does the pet still seem to enjoy life? Is he/she able to carry out normal body functions as before — eating, walking, and eliminating? Is the pet in pain? What is the medical prognosis? What are the treatment options? Will they create an uncomfortable quality of life?
Tess Laraway's comment, April 3, 2014 5:42 PM
Emotions are not the only problems in determining what to do. In some cases, the financial aspect of the situation is the problem. The owner must ask themselves if they have the money for the treatment. If they cannot afford the treatment, and the animal goes untreated, that is not fair to the animal.
Tess Laraway's comment, April 3, 2014 5:49 PM
Euthanasia is a two step process that includes: an administered sedative, then the an IV is set up and flushed with a saline solution. The animal does not feel pain. It simply falls asleep when the sedative is administered, then their heart stops with the euthanasia solution. Whether the pet owner is present for this or not, it is entirely up to them.
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Wellness Examination in Dogs

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Wellness exams for dogs ensures that your pet remains healthy before illness strikes. Regular vet check ups help to prevent conditions for a happier pet life.
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Tess Laraway's comment, March 3, 2014 3:02 PM
"How your dog walks and stands. Whether your dog is bright and alert. Your dog's general body condition - whether your pet has an appropriate body weight and body condition (neither too fat nor too thin). The haircoat - looking for excessive dryness, excessive oiliness, evidence of dandruff, excessive shedding, or abnormal hair loss. The skin - looking for oiliness, dryness, dandruff, lumps or bumps, areas of abnormal thickening, etc. The eyes - looking for redness, discharge, evidence of excessive tearing, abnormal lumps or bumps on the eyelids, how well the eyelids close, cloudiness, or any other abnormalities. The ears - looking for discharges, thickening, hair loss, or any other signs of problems. The nose and face - looking for symmetry, discharges, how well the pet breathes, whether there are any problems related to skin folds or other apparent problems. Mouth and teeth - looking for tartar build-up, periodontal disease, retained baby teeth, broken teeth, excessive salivation, staining around the lips, ulcers in or around the mouth, etc."
Tess Laraway's comment, March 3, 2014 3:09 PM
During a wellness examination, a vet will request a fresh sample of the pet's feces to check for any parasite eggs. "Wellness screening tests" are done during a wellness examination. The following categories are recommended to be tested: complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, urinalysis, and thyroid hormone testing. Testing is relatively simple for younger puppies, but as dog age, other tests such as X-Rays for organs (heart, lungs, kidneys, liver) or skeletal system (for changes in bones/joints) may be recommended.
Tess Laraway's comment, March 4, 2014 9:21 AM
Preparation before an appointment may be necessary. The best thing to do is to ask the veterinarian if a feces or urine sample is needed or whether the animal needs to fast beforehand. Also, it is good to know (as an owner) the brand of dog food they eat, if they are given supplements, whether they eat table scraps, or any other noticeable concerns.
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What Does a Vet Do During a Routine Checkup?

What Does a Vet Do During a Routine Checkup? | Veterinarian - Aspect 2&3 | Scoop.it
Everyone loves their pets and wants to do everything possible to keep them happy and healthy. A nutritious diet based on age and breed, exercise and play time are all essential parts of a healthy ...
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Tess Laraway's comment, March 4, 2014 9:26 AM
Wellness examinations are very important for an animal, in that it maintains the pet's health. These visits help let the owner know what vaccinations the animal is up-to-date with and what vaccinations they need. Vaccinations help protect pet's from many diseases such as distemper, rabies, hepatitis, chlamydia, feline leukemia and Lyme disease.
Tess Laraway's comment, March 14, 2014 11:07 PM
A vet may ask the pet owner a few routine checkups about the animal's general health. These questions can be related to their eating/drinking habits, weight loss/weight gain, excessive panting/scratching, bowel movements, balance (in older dogs). Any fluctuations in the animal's vital signs compared to past files, may lead to the vet suggesting treatment.
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Euthanasia: Making the Decision

While some pets die of old age in the comfort of their own home, many others become seriously ill, get injured in some way or experience a significantly diminished quality of life as they grow very old. In these situations, it may be necessary for you to consider having your pet euthanized in order to spare it from pain and suffering
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Tess Laraway's comment, April 3, 2014 5:52 PM
Many pets grow old at home, and simply die of old age peacefully. But other animals can become seriously ill or become severely injured that quickly hinders their quality of life. Unfortunately in these cases, considering euthanasia may be a necessity
Tess Laraway's comment, April 3, 2014 5:56 PM
The point of euthanasia is to stop the pet's pain and/or suffering. Talking to a veterinarian is the first step. They will be able to guide the owner in the right direction when it comes to this decision. They may tell you possible treatments, or if they can tell that the animal is in pain or if its quality of life has diminished, they may recommend euthanasia.
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South Paws Veterinary Specialists. Mandeville, LA Vets.

South Paws Veterinary Specialists. Mandeville, LA Vets. | Veterinarian - Aspect 2&3 | Scoop.it
South Paws Veterinary Specialists is a veterinary surgical and referral specialist clinic providing care to pets in Mandeville, Louisiana.
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Tess Laraway's comment, March 4, 2014 9:48 AM
"Orthopedic Procedures:<br>Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy – State of the art procedure for repair of cranial cruciate ligament rupture. Extracapsular Cranial Cruciate Ligament Stabilization. Tibial Tuberosity Advancement – The Newest Treatment For Canine. ACL Rupture. Patellar Luxation Repair. Hip Reduction (Open/Closed). Femoral Head & Neck Excision. Fracture Repair. Arthroscopy. Kyon total hip replacement – The latest in artificial hip joint replacement for dogs suffering from end stage hip dysplasia (We are the only hospital in LA offering this procedure). TPO - Triple Pelvic Osteotomy. Pubic Symphysiodesis – A new procedure for the prevention of hip dysplasia in dogs. Arthrodesis. Bone Biopsy. Limb Amputation. Mandibulectomy/Maxillectomy. Arthrotomy for OCD/FCP."
Tess Laraway's comment, March 4, 2014 9:49 AM
With the technology of anesthesia and heart monitoring rising up in the veterinary field, many clinics are using them during surgical procedures. The use of anesthesia varies from surgery to surgery. The type of procedure, pre-existing conditions, age, breed, blood test results, and past experience with anesthesia are all factors that play a part in deciding whether to use it or not. While under anesthesia, they are monitored at all times.