Illness and/or old age and its associated maladies are a fact of life for us all — even our pets. And grief over the loss of a beloved pet may be as intense and as lengthy as when a significant person in our life dies. Those who have lost a pet know the full extent of this agonizing pain.
As much as we’d love our pets to live forever, what we can do is support their well-being and quality of life for as long as possible. Kailua-based Arms of Aloha (AoA) believes in relieving the stress pet owners feel when their furry friend starts to succumb to the effects of old age or unrelenting illness. And they minimize the pet’s anxiety by coming to your home to assess your pet in his or her natural environment.
During an in-home consultation, an AoA veterinarian will transcend medical facts by supporting your pet’s physical, emotional and social well-being. The vet will teach you what changes to expect as your pet’s condition progresses, how to manage symptoms, explain treatment options (pros and cons of each) and projected costs, and educate you about what to do in an emergency. When needed, AoA will set you up with a “crisis kit” of medications and instructions in case of sudden pain or distress.
The decision to euthanize a suffering pet can also be agonizing for the pet owner, leaving him or her riddled with feelings of doubt and guilt. Taking the life of a pet too early would be tragic; letting a pet suffer even one day needlessly, equally so. For most pet owners, it is hard to know what to do. Well-meaning friends and family may say, “He’ll let you know when it’s time,” or “She’ll give you a sign.” But what if that sign never comes, or what if you can’t recognize the signs indicating when the balance has tipped and the bad outweighs the good?
AoA can give you the tools to evaluate your pet’s quality of life and help you make a sensible decision. When you schedule a consultation, an AoA doctor comes to your home to assess your pet. AoA guides owners of seriously ill pets through the end-of-life journey, transforming a stressful experience into a peaceful, gentle and memorable one. Your pet will be surrounded by loved ones in their favorite place — comfortable and unburdened by pain or fear.
During this stressful time, you don’t have to go it alone. AoA will help you and give you confidence to know you’re doing everything possible for your companion’s comfort.