End-of-life care encompasses several life stages that all of our pets will journey through, in one form or another. These include the senior years where pets enjoy a slower paced life, but still may have many good months or years. For some, there is the unfortunate development of a terminal illness that will eventually lead to death. Sometimes intervention during this stage can provide improved comfort and quality of life that enables more time with our beloved companions. And then finally there is the active stage of dying, at which point we either choose a natural death for our pets or we decide that a humane and peaceful euthanasia is the right decision.