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.


Hanging Rock Animal Hospital is the BEST in the Roanoke Valley. Dr. Honeycutt and "Dr. Todd" are knowledgeable amazing vets. Their entire staff are caring compassionate people who take their time to know all of the animals and humans that walk through their door. I would and have recommended Hanging Rock Animal Hospital to everyone.

- Sondra S.

Would very highly recommend this animal hospital, as both ladies working at the desk, as well as the doctor (Ashley I believe) were all so sweet and helpful! Thank you!

- Matt L

I've been very happy with the care here. The vets have been thorough, the staff friendly, and the hospital is overall very professional. They have temperature monitoring in place for medication. Allyson, the practice manager, has been supportive, and phenomenal in providing information and accommodating requests. Highly recommend!

- S C.

The staff is so caring and compassionate, and make me feel like family as they remember both my dogs names. I will always take my babies to Hanging Rock!

- Emilee H.

Dr Todd has always taken care of my girls. I moved to Oklahoma and still go back to them to care for them. They Genuinely love the animals they care for. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!


- Melissa L.

Going back for Allie Boo checkup this month Nov2017... Really do like the vets, they take their time with you letting you know about your fur baby .... Will keep going, especially friendly ,great Vets!


- Leasea H.

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.