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Helpful Articles Regarding Pet Loss


Quality of Life Score Sheet:

in-home pet euthanasia, Colorado Springs, CO

Caregivers can use this Quality of Life Scale (Click To Download) to assess animals and guide decision-making for Home Hospice care or even track the timing of a pets decline as this helps us understand the right time for euthanasia. Use numbers from 0 to 10 (10 is ideal or normal) to score the patient’s condition. Not…

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End of Life Decision Making Score Sheet

A Numerical Score Sheet To Help You Decide If It Is Time To Put Your Pet To Sleep This is one of the hardest decisions you will make with your beloved pet family members.  Most of us need help in making this critical decision.  We are very emotionally close to our pets and we do…

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The Covenant of Compassion

On the surface, the decision to put your ailing pet to sleep seems like it would be simple. I’ve heard it discussed by pet lovers and even veterinary professionals using a common sense statement like: “your pet will let you know”, or “you will know when the time comes”. After almost 40 years in veterinary…

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My Dog’s Special Day

My Dog’s Special Day For everyone who has recently lost their dog friend! Today was my dog’s special day.  It is the day when she found Paradise, a place where she no longer feels pain, or suffers the loss of vision, hearing, and good strong legs.  Where all her organs work properly and where she…

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The Dreaded Diagnosis

Canine Cancer  CANCER is a word that strikes fear into our hearts, whether it is about our health, or that of our beloved pets. Unfortunately cancer is very common in dogs and to a lesser degree, cats.  To see the latest statistics on a possible cause of this high rate of cancer in dogs, read…

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Why Is There So Much Cancer In Our Dogs?

Can Early Neutering Be A Major Cause of Cancer In Dogs? I know in advance, this writing will be controversial.  For as long as I can remember our recommendations on neutering pets has been to do this at or before the age of six months. Some say “before the first heat cycle in females”.  There…

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The “Dear ER” Letter

Make A “Dear Emergency Staff” Letter If you have a pet near the end of life, you should know in advance you can get help at any time.  This may mean calling your veterinarian at the normal clinic to get their emergency numbers in advance.  It may mean you have entered a home hospice program…

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Treating Pain Is Often Overlooked and Underdone

Modern Veterinary Medicine Has Made Great Advances In Pain Control – WHY Has It Not Found Its Way To Most Clinics?  As a chronic severe pain patient myself, I have a very sincere and personal interest in pain control.  I have studied this subject and focus on practical methods for controlling pain in all animals,…

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My Personal Journey Through Bone Cancer With Taylor Dane

A National Veterinary Journal used my dog’s struggle with bone cancer as their front page lead story for the January 2016 issue.  I’m proud and humbled, but have a huge lump in my throat.  I know many of you have dogs afflicted by cancer.  You see by this story – I understand! You can read their…

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BILL OF RIGHTS FOR PETS

BILL OF RIGHTS FOR PETS  All pets have the right to: Be full members of the family. Like people, pets thrive on social interaction, praise and love. Without this pets, like people, will slip into a dull existence and lose the joy of life far too early. Stimulation. Pets need new games, new toys, new…

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Bits of Veterinary Wisdom

After almost 40 years of veterinary practice, I often think about some of the basic tips that would make having a pet less expensive and more enjoyable.  Minor and even major health problems seem to be so common and can destroy the bond we have with these wonderful creatures.  So from time to time I’d…

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A Tribute To Brady

A “Once-In-A-Lifetime” Dog Many of us are so lucky to live our lives with a dog – perhaps several of them. Dogs are so special that Will Rogers once said, “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then I want to go where they went”. Dogs are truly man’s best friend. I met such a…

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Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Dogs

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Dogs (CDS) Cognitive dysfunction syndrome is a condition related to the aging of a dog’s brain, which ultimately leads to changes in awareness, deficits in learning and memory, and decreased responsiveness to stimuli. Although the initial symptoms of the disorder are mild, they gradually worsen over time, also known as “cognitive…

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Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory Grief There is an emotional part of pet care giving called anticipatory grief that is often overlooked.  It begins when you realize, with absolutely no question, that your pet is going to die soon. It may not be for weeks or months, but you feel the reality of death. During anticipatory grief people experience the actual emotions…

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Pet Loss Support Group

Southern Colorado – Pet Loss Support Group Are you having a hard time dealing with the death of your pet? It is completely normal to feel sadness, grief, and other difficult emotions after the death of a pet no matter what other people may say! If you or someone you know would like support or…

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