When is it time to say goodbye?

Such a cruel part of loving a furry family member is the horrid fact that they just do not live very long. You may not want to think about your pet’s passing but knowing what happens could help you deal with this difficult time. As a Vet I often get asked “When is it time to say goodbye?”.
A pet’s quality on life depends on being able to eat, drink, toilet, sleep and move around without pain. If a cat or dog suffers a condition that temporarily disturbs this quality of life but will ultimately recover
If a pet gets a condition such as diabetes and you are able to physically manage and financial commit to their care, then I believe they can live a normal life.
Some conditions such as malignant (bad) cancers or severe heart disease may not be treatable.
Chronic (long standing) conditions such as arthritis or degenerative myelopathy make the decision making process really difficult. These dogs can have days of debilitating pain then other days that they seem relative good.
Countless clients have said during euthanasia “this must be the most awful part of your job”. Yes it is painful as we do relate to your pain and grief, but it is a great honour to be trusted in your pet’s final time and to be able to deliver a pain and stress free passing.
Should you be present? This is a decision for you and your vet to make. For routine cat and dog euthanasias, it may be a good idea to to be present as it gives you an opportunity to say goodbye and give you peace of mind that your pet’s final minutes were peaceful.
Even if your pet is not ill, it is always good to consider what you would do with your pet’s body – this is a very personal decision and varies widely.
As painful as this topic maybe, the important thing to remember is that you are not alone. This will happen to all of us one day or you may have already experienced the excruciating pain associated with the loss of a pet. If you need to talk, we are always here for you when that time come, feel free to call us.
David Foote is a Bereavement Counselling for Pet Owners. Jules has used him several times during times of losing her pets and found it helped her tremendously work through & deal with the pain http://davidfoote.com.au/
I hope this article will help you find some clarity when that time comes. In the mean time – treasure each day with your pet(s).

Hello Pet Parents,

Goodness what a wet month we have had! Some of you may have noticed a change in demeanor with your pets. Indoor cats move closer to the fire or curling up more on the warmth of a lap! Whilst outdoor cats are enjoying comforts of home. Dogs are either playing in the newly formed swamp or acting more cat-like, discovering the wonders of our heaters! These are times to bond with your pet, snuggle up under the doona with your breathing hot water bottle(s) and enjoy the bond you have together. Your pets biological mother would do the same on these raining days, so show your pet how motherly or fatherly you are!

Our expansion is complete! We are so pleased with our new cattery, it’s just as beautiful and delightfully tranquil as our first cattery. We now have a total of 10 New York Apartments and 31 Deluxe Condo’s. For those who wish for morning or afternoon sun the building is north facing, thus provides equal amounts of morning and afternoon sun in both the old (North facing) and new (South facing) New York Apartments.

Please vote for us in this years Locals Business Awards! This is the first year we are entering the Local Business Awards and we hope to win! This is a vote based awards so please please please vote for us! http://www.precedent.net/public/
– On the right side of the page, click on North Shore
– Third tab along click Vote then Vote now
– Enter your details then enter VOTE 1 -> Category: Pet Care -> Business name: Number 8: Divine Creatures

Ellie and Boo are still looking for a home. Please if you know of anyone who is looking for a cat – ask everyone! You never know who you might know who could be interested.Please spread the word or can you offer these girls a permanent home?? Please call us 99583363 if you are interested.

Ellie right and daughter Boo left

All the best,
Jules, Dr Katie and the cat caring team at Divine Creatures

When is it time to say goodbye?

Such a cruel part of loving a furry family member is the horrid fact that they just do not live very long. You may not want to think about your pet’s passing but knowing what happens could help you deal with this difficult time. As a Vet I often get asked “When is it time to say goodbye?”. We will all have different views, the following is my opinion.
A pet’s quality on life depends on being able to eat, drink, toilet, sleep and move around without pain. If a cat or dog suffers a condition that temporarily disturbs this quality of life but will ultimately recover, such as a broken leg or pancreatitis, this is acceptable and well worth persevering with the discomfort.
If a pet gets a condition such as diabetes and you are able to physically manage and financial commit to their care, then I believe they can live a normal life.
Some conditions such as malignant (bad) cancers or severe heart disease may not be treatable. Sometimes, as vets the best we can offer is palliative care. Palliative care in humans and pets is somewhat different because we have the “gift” of euthanasia. So palliative care for vets is treating a pet so it can perform it’s normal functions. We may dispense pain relief and drugs such as steroids for cancer dogs. For heart disease pets we may experiment with different heart drugs until we find a combination that works – and this may change with time. When the drugs stop working effectively, then we need to think about euthanasia to prevent suffering.
Chronic (long standing) conditions such as arthritis or degenerative myelopathy make the decision making process really difficult. These dogs can have days of debilitating pain then other days that they seem relative good. I think it’s important with these dog’s to monitor weight as chronically ill dogs have a tendency to waste away which you may not notice because it’s gradual. It’s also important to have a good relationship with your vet and ask them their opinion.
Countless clients have said during euthanasia “this must be the most awful part of your job”. Yes it is painful as we do relate to your pain and grief, but it is a great honour to be trusted in your pet’s final time and to be able to deliver a pain and stress free passing.
Most euthanasias are done by an injection into the vein of an anaesthetic overdose. This is relatively fast – the pet’s heart will normally stop in about a minute. Occasionally if a cat or dog is very stressed or hard to handle, a sedative injection may be given under the skin. Some pets suck as rabbits or reptiles may be given a gas anaesthetic first. This does take longer but our aim is stress and pain free, so well worth the extra time.
Should you be present? This is a decision for you and your vet to make. There will be some cases where it just is not appropriate for you to be present, such as some emergency cases and when euthanasing birds, mice or rats – it is still pain and stress free although we use different veins and it just is not nice for owners to watch. For routine cat and dog euthanasias, it may be a good idea to to be present as it gives you an opportunity to say goodbye and give you peace of mind that your pet’s final minutes were peaceful.
Even if your pet is not ill, it is always good to consider what you would do with your pet’s body – this is a very personal decision and varies widely. Options include burial (at home or in special pet cemeteries), individual cremation where you get the ashes returned in a box or urn, or routine burial (this is usually group cremation by a reputable company). I’ve even had the very occasional client ask about taxidermy.  If your pet passes at home, you still have the same options – just ring your vet and they will be happy to discuss this with you.
As painful as this topic maybe, the important thing to remember is that you are not alone. This will happen to all of us one day or you may have already experienced the excruciating pain associated with the loss of a pet. If you need to talk, we are always here for you when that time come, feel free to call us.
David Foote is a Bereavement Counselling for Pet Owners. Jules has used him several times during times of losing her pets and found it helped her tremendously work through & deal with the pain http://davidfoote.com.au/
I hope this article will help you find some clarity when that time comes. In the mean time – treasure each day with your pet(s). Dr. Katie

Virgo 23 August – 22 September

The quiet thinkers. You’ll never know what is going on in your Virgo cat’s mind. They are highly intelligent and weigh up all situations before acting. To people who don’t know them they may appear shy. Once they get to know you well there are no limits on the love and affection they will give you. Virgo cats can be one of the smoochiest cats of the zodiac, sometimes drooling when overcome with affection for you.

Compatible Owners: Gemini, Cancer
Favourite Food: Cat Biscuits
Best Attribute: Intelligence
Worst Attribute: Unpredictability

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