This is according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). The group has released a digital End of Life Educational Toolkit for veterinarians to help facilitate a peaceful and painless transition for a cat at the end of its life.
The resource provides in-depth information on various options and contingencies to consider when discussing end-of-life processes with a client. Additionally, the toolkit addresses some challenging questions that may arise when working through difficult or unexpected circumstances in euthanasia.
The end-of-life appointment is the last opportunity a veterinarian has to serve a patient and will likely have a lasting impact on a pet’s caregiver, AAFP says.
“Successful end-of-life feline care is about more than just medicine; it is about creating a peaceful transition for our patients and their owners,” says the association’s task force chair, Wendy Simpson, DVM. “The AAFP Task Force is committed to compassionate end-of-life care and is pleased to offer a new educational resource for veterinary professionals to help guide them through this practice.”
Organized with easy-to-reference section tabs, the toolkit addresses several key aspects of euthanasia, including:
- recommended sedatives and anesthetic protocols for cats;
- strategies for setting up a practice with comfort in mind;
- quality of life and decision-making discussions;
- the euthanasia experience for both veterinary professionals and caregivers; and
- tips for supporting clients.
To access the resource, click here.