In case of an after-hours emergency please contact the following emergency hospitals:

VSEC PHILADELPHIA
1114 South Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
267-800-1950

UNIVERSITY of PENNSYLVANIA - RYAN VETERINARY HOSPITAL
3900 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-746-V911 or 215-746-8911

Peaceful & Compassionate Euthanasia

The decision to euthanize is often the most difficult decision a cat owner has to make. Sadly, most cats do not peacefully pass away from old age in the comfort of their own home. Cat owners must strike the delicate balance between waiting too long and risk having their cat be in discomfort, or deciding too soon and wondering if they’ve deprived themselves and their cat of even a day or two more of a comfortable life. At The Cat Doctor, we understand the concerns and emotions our clients experience when faced with this difficult decision, and our doctors can help guide you in assessing your cat’s quality of life. We offer gentle, compassionate euthanasia here in our office during regular appointment times, or if you prefer, it can be scheduled ahead of time in your home as a house call.

When Is It Time?

Euthanasia is always a difficult decision, and there is no right answer as to when the perfect time may be; however, our trained veterinary team is here to help guide you through the process. It is always better to plan and discuss the euthanasia process with your veterinarian before the time comes. Euthanasia is meant to allow your cat to pass without pain or anxiety.

Are the Good Days Outnumbering the Bad Days?

We recommend keeping a log or a journal to record your observations. Here are some links to good Quality of Life questions and scales that you can fill out as needed and may be useful. We encourage you to share your observations with your veterinary team.

http://www.lapoflove.com/Pet_Quality_of_Life_Scale.pdf
http://vet.osu.edu/assets/pdf/hospital/companionAnimals/HonoringtheBond/HowDoIKnowWhen.pdf
http://pawspice.com/clients/17611/documents/FelineQualityofLifeScale.pdf

Euthanasia – What to Expect:

Experiencing an Emergency

If we are closed, and you are experiencing an emergency, we recommend going to:

Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (VSEC): 267-800-1950 http://www.vsecvet.com/  

    The University of Pennsylvania Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital: 215-746-V911 or 215-746-8911 http://www.vet.upenn.edu/veterinary-hospitals/ryan-veterinary-hospital

    If we are closed during a non emergency, we recommend Dr. Brad Bates of Lap of Love. He can perform euthanasia in your home and can be reached at 267-317-8110. 
    https://www.lapoflove.com/Locations-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia?zip=19130