End Of Life Care

Although we wish our pets would be here forever, sadly the end-of-life journey is an unavoidable part of owning a pet. As pets become elderly, or battle a terminal illness, their needs change and they require specific care. 

End of life care, also known as palliative care, refers to the time that we know a pet’s condition is incurable, however their quality of life is still acceptable, so we are not ready to put them to sleep. At this point our focus is keeping them as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.  

End of life care considerations may include: 

  • Monitoring weight and food consumption, potentially changing their diet to more tempting or higher energy foods  
  • Monitoring pain levels and providing increased pain relief if needed 
  • Monitoring mobility levels, and providing supportive care to prevent pressure sores or other problems related to inactivity 
  • Monitoring toileting habits and ensuring pets do not become soiled if they are unable to hold their bladder or bowels 
  • Monitoring symptoms of illness and treating if needed 

Ultimately, pets that will not recover from illness, or are reaching the end of their natural lifespan, will need to be euthanised to prevent suffering. It is rare for pets to pass away peacefully during their sleep, and it is not advisable to wait for this to happen. 

We provide end of life care appointments with a vet or nurse to discuss the above factors and help guide you through this difficult time. 


Please note that the content made available on this webpage is for general information purposes only. Whilst we try to ensure that at the time of writing all material is up to date and reflects industry standards, we make no representation, warranties or guarantees that the information made available is up to date, accurate or complete. Any reliance placed by yourselves is done so at your own risk.

Find practices that offer this service