End-of-Life Pet Care Services

As a loving pet parent, deciding next steps for end-of-life care will be the most challenging decision you will make. Luckily, our team of compassionate, caring experts is here to walk with you every step of the way.

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Our End-of-Life Pet Care in Topeka, KS

At Stone House Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of veterinary end-of-life care and how crucial it is for pet parents to make the right decisions for their beloved cats and dogs. Our services include compassionate veterinary hospice care and end-of-life pet services near you, aimed at providing your pet with the utmost comfort and care during their final days.

End-of-life care for cats and dogs encompasses two broad categories – natural aging and illness. Each category requires careful consideration from loving pet parents. While we can offer guidance and information, we believe the decision regarding end-of-life care is ultimately yours to make. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary resources and support, so you can make the best decision for your furry friend.

Pets often hide their pain. In the wild, animals showing signs of weakness are the most vulnerable to predators. While your pet may not be in the wild, this instinct remains. By the time you notice pain in your pet, it is usually more severe than a small ache. At our hospital, we educate our clients about this and strive to help alleviate our patients’ pain every day. Here are some signs that your pet may be in pain: shaking, decreased activity, difficulty standing or lying down, hiding, biting when touched, decreased social behavior, limping, and constant licking at one spot.

Our veterinary hospice care services are designed to provide your pet with comfort, care, and support during their final days. This service includes pain management, nutrition therapy, and nursing care to ensure your pet remains as comfortable as possible. We understand that the decision to say goodbye to your pet is a difficult one, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

In addition to hospice care, we offer end-of-life pet services near you, including euthanasia, cremation, and burial services. Our compassionate team is available to help you through this challenging time, and we ensure that your pet’s final moments are peaceful and dignified.

At Stone House Animal Hospital, we believe in providing the best care possible for your beloved pet. We understand how challenging end-of-life care can be, and we are here to support you and your family through this difficult time. If you have any questions or concerns about end-of-life care for your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We can provide support for both you and your pet.


It can be very challenging to have a loved one fighting an illness, especially when it’s a pet. Unlike people, pets cannot communicate how they are feeling, where they are hurting, or what they need. While some illnesses can be treated and managed with pain medications, others are more complex and challenging to handle. In such cases, it can be very distressing for pet owners to see their pets in pain.

The following illnesses are particularly difficult to manage the pain present in pets:

  • Cancer of any kind, especially bone cancer: Cancer can be very aggressive in pets, and the pain it causes can be challenging to manage. Bone cancer, in particular, can be excruciatingly painful for pets.
  • Organ failure: When organs fail, it can cause significant discomfort and pain in pets. Some organs are more crucial than others, and the failure of certain organs can be more challenging to manage than others.
  • Severe arthritis: Arthritis is a common condition in pets, especially as they age. When it becomes severe, it can be very painful and debilitating for pets, making it difficult for them to move around.
  • Rear leg weakness: Rear leg weakness is a common issue in older dogs, and it can be caused by various factors. This condition can be challenging to manage, and it can significantly impact the quality of life of pets.

As a pet owner, it’s important to recognize the signs of pain in your pet and seek professional help to manage it. Our team at Stone House Animal Hospital is here to provide you with the necessary resources and support to help your pet manage their pain and discomfort. We understand how distressing it can be to see your pet suffer, and we are committed to providing the best possible care to ensure that they remain comfortable and happy.

Natural Aging

Just like humans, senior pets also experience age-related aches and pains. Fortunately, most of these pains can be alleviated with long-term pain medication. However, it’s important to maintain a good relationship with your veterinarian to ensure that your pet’s long-term medication needs are regularly monitored.

In addition to age-related pains, senior pets may also experience incontinence, which can be quite distressing for both pets and their owners. If your pet is struggling to maintain normal bodily functions, it’s important to speak to your veterinarian about possible medication options that can help alleviate this issue in some situations. At our clinic, we are committed to providing comprehensive care to senior pets to ensure that they remain comfortable and happy in their golden years.

Quality of life is a crucial aspect that must be considered with our senior pets. Click here for our quality of life checklist.


At our hospital, we believe that euthanasia should be a peaceful and painless experience for both pets and their owners. To ensure that your pet remains calm and comfortable throughout the procedure, we administer a sedative followed by an anesthetic. This process not only ensures that your pet will not be scared or in pain, but also provides you with the opportunity to say goodbye.

While we understand that every pet owner has their own unique preferences, we welcome owners to stay with their pets throughout the entire procedure if they wish. However, some people may prefer to leave after their pet is no longer aware of their presence. In either case, a euthanasia injection will be given when you are ready.

It’s important to note that involuntary actions such as exhaling, urination, or muscle twitching may occur after the injection. These actions are not painful and typically only last a few moments. Additionally, your pet’s eyes may not close automatically.

Burial Options

At our hospital, we offer cremation services for pets. If you would like to have your pet’s remains returned to you, please inform our staff, and we will make the necessary arrangements. We understand that choosing a final resting place for your pet is a personal and often difficult decision. You may choose to keep your pet’s ashes at home, or you may prefer to bury them at a cemetery.

It’s important to note that there may be certain government regulations to follow for each type of casket and grave site. Our compassionate staff is available to guide you through this process and answer any questions you may have.

Grieving Process

Losing a pet is a painful experience. During this difficult time, it’s important to have a support system of loved ones to lean on. In addition, there are numerous online resources available to help you cope with the loss.

We understand that the decision to euthanize a pet is never easy. Our compassionate team is here to answer any questions you may have and provide you with the support you need. If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced veterinarians, please don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We are committed to helping you through every step of the process and providing the best possible care for you and your beloved pet.

The gift of peace: end-of-life care for your pet.

Things to Consider...

  • if your pet has a terminal illness
  • if your pet is in the kind of pain that cannot be alleviated with medication
  • if your pet is in control of bodily functions
  • if treatments are improving or maintaining poor quality of life. If you’re uncertain about your pet’s quality of life, click here


Euthanasia is a kind and gentle procedure that takes minutes. Our hospital euthanizes pets without pain or fear, first sedating them with an anesthesia injection so they won’t feel any pain. You are welcome to be present, but it isn’t required; if you want someone else nearby during this difficult time, then please let us know beforehand. Our caring staff will find somewhere private where your loved one feels most at home.

Burial Options

Our hospital offers two cremation options. A private cremation allows you to receive the cremains; the other option does not. As city regulations permit, you may also bury your pet at home.