Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult things a pet owner will go through. Our staff will make every effort to support you and your loved ones through this process, with a focus on you and your pet’s individual needs. We will treat you and your pet with the same compassion and dignity that we would show our own. We all find ourselves in this situation sooner or later, so we truly can relate to you in this moment. Such is the beauty and tragedy of our pet’s lives – they are always lost to us too soon, no matter how long we have them.
When should I consider pet euthanasia?
Euthanasia is a humane method by which we can end the life of a pet whose quality of life is declining. It is a way that we can spare our loved ones from further suffering. It can be difficult to determine when it is the right time for you to say goodbye. Your veterinarian can counsel you in this and provide resources to aid in your decision making. While it is certainly your decision to make, we are here to ensure that you have the support you need to make it.
What is the process for cat euthanasia?
At this time of the appointment, your pet will receive sedation to calm them and alleviate any stress of handling. It may include sedation being prescribed for you to administer at home in advance. An injection of additional sedation may still be provided, even if sedation was administered orally at home. The small pinch of this sedative injection is likely the extent of the pain that your pet will notice throughout the procedure. Once your pet is relaxed from the sedation, a catheter will be placed in a vein, usually in their front leg. This catheter allows access for an intravenous injection of anesthesia. Humane euthanasia is a painless procedure achieved through the overdose of anesthesia.
Do you do house calls?
We do not currently offer home euthanasia, although there are plans to develop this service in future years. We can provide you with contact information for a veterinarian to whom we currently refer home euthanasias.
Can I stay with my cat during euthanasia?
As an owner, you may choose to remain throughout the entire procedure, but if it is too difficult, you may consider saying goodbye once they are sedated. This choice can be made in the moment and is entirely personal.
Do you offer pet bereavement support service?
Our veterinarians and compassionate support staff do provide support to our clients before, during, and after the euthanasia procedure. If ongoing counseling is desired, our team can refer you to an appropriate provider of this service.