Decisions and Options: Medical Treatment, Pet Hospice, or Pet Euthanasia?

Helpful resources to assist in deciding how to move forward in caring for a severely injured or seriously ill animal

“Sometimes you have to choose between a bunch of wrong choices and no right ones. You just have to choose which wrong choices feels the least wrong.” 
― Colleen Hoover, Hopeless

How Will I Know When It's Time? - A useful guide for deciding when it's time to euthanize a pet - from providers of veterinary hospice and in-home euthanasia, From Lap Of Love

Quality of Life Scale - A tool to help pet parents decide if it's time to make an appointment to discuss pet euthanasia. Created by

Conceptualized Hospice for Pet's Last Days: Pet "Pawspice" - A well conceptualized, creative, palliative pet hospice - by Dr. Alice E. Villalobos D.V.M.

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Pet End-of-Life Decisions: Telling Your Vet No - How to talk with your vet about euthanasia, hospice and treatment - from the pet experts at

Other Animals and Cats and Dogs - Other options, cautions and considerations regarding pet euthanasia - from
Moving Beyond the Euthanasia Imperative - Discussion of the hospice option and the scarcity of the questioning and history of pet euthanasia - by Jessica Pierce, Ph.D.

Every pet euthanasia may result in an increase in any emotional or mental distress or physical pain that may have existed before the euthanasia began because of unforeseen and/or unknown circumstances. This includes those performed by experienced professionals with the latest, most up-to-date certification and training.



One example of what happens at a Veterinary Hospice Appointment for those of you unfamiliar with this practice. It features Dr. Dani McVety, founder of a family centered pet hospice and in-home animal euthanasia franchise network, the first of its kind in the country. It is called Lap Of Love.


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