Knowing Your Options for End of Life Care & Pet Euthanasia

Whether your pet is reaching a ripe old age or suffering from a terminal illness, palliative and hospice care can help ease their pain and give them a peaceful transition. Sometimes, however, there are complications and factors that mean palliative care is not enough. In these cases, pet euthanasia can be the right choice for your beloved companion. When you want to discuss your pet’s end of life care, we're here to guide pet owners of Roanoke, Salem, Botetourt and the surrounding communities. Call or visit our animal hospital today, and we will talk to you about your pet’s condition and their options.

Planning Your Pet’s Palliative and Hospice Care

Palliative care is that which is given during treatments to ease your pet’s pain and stress. Hospice care, on the other hand, is comfort given after the illness has become too advanced for treatments to be effective. Both methods of care have the primary purpose of improving your pet’s quality of life.

Our compassionate team will be able to help you decide what options are best for your pet. For both palliative and hospice care, our holistic services, including acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal therapy, provide relief from pain and stress and complement traditional medications.

For traditional relief, we offer pain medications, such as NSAIDs and other drugs, that can greatly reduce your pet’s discomfort. Since every pet is different, we’ll work to develop a unique care strategy for you and your family.


Everyone here is so sweet and kind! They love your pets like they are their own and actually listen to you!! They always give my babies great care!! Thanks guys for being so great!!

- Kristin P.

Dr. Todd is awesome. Whether it's holistic care, dietary changes, or simply his ability to CONNECT with both the patient and the owner, we have been 100% satisfied with the level of care provided.

- Patrick K

My wife and I have taken our pets to Hanging Rock AH for nearly 13 years . Without a doubt , the entire staff is extreme friendly, compassionate, and caring. After your first visit , you are greeted by name (which is great ) and everyone genuinely appreciates your business but most importantly, shows compassion and care for your pet(s) that unparalleled. We feel like we are family

- Scott V

Wonderful pet care and kind staff!

- David B

My family has taken all our pets there, in Emergency situations too. The staff is so kind, and the competent. I am so happy they have always been the best


- Charlene G

I have been taking my pups to Hanging Rock for years and have never been anything but confident in the care they received. From my senior pup, that I have since lost; to my newest addition. Dr. Todd and Dr. Honeycutt are the best!


- Delores J

When to Choose Pet Euthanasia

No owner wants to make this hard decision, yet sometimes it is the most humane option. Our staff is here to listen to your concerns and help you in your decision-making process. We assess your pet’s quality of life to help guide you and answer any questions you may have. Things to consider when measuring quality of life include:

  • Age
  • Willingness and ability to eat
  • Happiness and level of energy
  • Level of pain
  • Mobility

The most important measure is, of course, your bond with your pet. When you become aware that your pet is no longer themselves, less interactive, and more reclusive, then it is time for pet euthanasia. Keep in mind that helping your pet pass peacefully is one of the most gracious things you can do. It gives them a dignified end and relief from their suffering. You can access more resources at Veterinary Wisdom.

If you are considering pet euthanasia as an option for your pet or are interested in learning more about palliative and hospice care, please contact our team today.


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