Making the choice about when to say goodbye to your beloved pet is one of the hardest decisions you face as a pet owner. At Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in St. Johns, Florida, we provide compassionate end-of-life pet care for cats and dogs. Many factors go into deciding whether it is the right time to euthanize your pet, and we are here to help you understand your choices so you can be assured that you are making the right decision for your furry family member.
When to consider euthanasia
Decisions regarding end-of-life care are very personal, and the right time varies from pet to pet. Our veterinary team will talk with you about your pet’s symptoms and quality of life and will help guide you through the decision-making process. Generally, some signs that indicate that euthanasia might be the best choice for your pet include:
- Inability to move around
- Not eating
- Chronic pain that is not controlled with medications
- Chronic coughing or labored breathing
- Frequent incontinence
- Loss of interest in favorite activities such as playing with other pets and toys, eating treats, or going on walks
Supporting you through this difficult time
Our veterinary team knows how difficult it is to make decisions about your pet’s health and well-being towards the end of its life. We provide you all of the information you need about the available choices for your specific pet’s needs and the potential outcomes for each option. You will never feel rushed to make a decision, and we are here to support you in your choice.
The decision on whether to be in the room while euthanasia is performed is very personal. We respect your decision to remain in the room or to say goodbye beforehand. You can trust us to be gentle in every aspect regarding your pet’s final care, and the euthanasia procedure is designed to keep your pet comfortable throughout the transition. First, a sedative is injected that ensures your cat or dog is relaxed and pain-free. The euthanasia injection is given when you are ready, which works rapidly and allows your pet to pass peacefully. Afterward, your pet is treated respectfully in the manner that you wish, with remembrance options such as cremation or burial based upon your wishes.
Please call us at (904) 720-4275 or text us at (904) 677-5855 if you have any questions about end-of-life care for your pet or to schedule an appointment with us. We at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming are here to help ease this transition in any way we can.
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Dr. Venkat Gutta
Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming
At Blue Star Pet Hospital and Grooming, Dr. Venkat Gutta provides high-quality and modern veterinary services to all your furry friends! At Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team are committed to providing your pets with both a full-service Veterinary Hospital and a modern grooming salon (St. Johns location only) for dogs and cats. Our primary commitment is to provide your companion animals with the highest quality medical care. Dr. Gutta strongly believes in treating your four-legged companions as family members and providing them with excellent yet affordable veterinary care. At Bluestar, we also think that it is important to educate you, as a pet owner, and ensure that the unique needs of you and your pet are met at all times. Through Bluestar, Dr. Gutta and his team serve clients in Durbin Crossing, Jacksonville, St Augustine, St Johns, CR 210, and other areas. Whether it is pet vaccinations, surgery, techniques, advanced diagnostic testing, or even flea and tick control products, we give you access to the best and most cutting-edge treatments and technologies. At Bluestar, we believe that your pet is the STAR!