Compassionate End-Of-Life Care serving Ames and Gilbert, IA
At Companion Animal Clinic, we know that every decision you make is in the best interest of your pet child. For this reason, we want you to know that we support you, and that we will guide you in finding the best way to ensure your pet’s well-being. We are with you every step of the way.
Symptoms That Indicate Quality Life Has Been Greatly Diminished:
- Chronic Coughing
- Labored Breathing
- Regular Incontinence
- Extremely Lethargic Behavior to the Point That They Do Not Seem Interested in Playing, Walking, Eating or Even Being Petted by Their Loved Ones
- Hard Time Moving Around
- Appetite Loss
- Chronic Pain That Cannot Be Managed With Medication
When Is Euthanasia the Best Option?
One of the hardest decisions that you will have to make as a pet parent is choosing euthanasia, but sometimes this is the best choice for your beloved four-footed companion; especially when they are severely injured or extremely ill. In these cases euthanasia is the best option since it will prevent them from suffering.
How to Know When the Time Has Come?
The best way to answer this question is by asking yourself the following question: “Does my pet have more bad days than good days?” If the answer is yes, then euthanasia might be the best way to make your pet more comfortable.
What About a Natural Death?
The natural dying process may result in a too long and painful experience depending on your pet’s condition, while with euthanasia your pet will feel more comfortable and will stop suffering all at once.
Our clinic offers a variety of services regarding care of remains including private or group cremation through LovingRest Pet Funeral Home as well as clay paws and fur vials. Owners are welcome to take home remains if they have other arrangements made.
How Often Should a Patient be Treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once ever week or two as improvement is seen.
How Many Treatments Does it Take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How Long Before the Results are Felt?
Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening! Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be Used in Conjunction with Other Forms of Treatment?
Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
Does it Hurt? What Does a Treatment Feel Like?
There is little to no sensation during treatment. Occasionally, the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are There Any Side Effects or Associated Risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally, some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How Long Does Each Treatment Take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 8 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.