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 the tragedy of our pet’s lives – they are always lost to us too soon, no matter how long we have them.
What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?
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 one’s further suffering. It can be difficult to determine when it is the right time for you to say goodbye. Your veterinarian can counsel you on 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.
Can I say goodbye to my pet in the comfort of our home?
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.
How is the euthanasia drug administered?
At this time of the appointment, your pet will receive sedation to calm them and alleviate any stress of handling. The small pinch of this sedative injection is likely the extent of the pain that your pet will notice throughout the procedure. 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. 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.
Does your hospital provide bereavement counseling?
Our veterinarians and compassionate support staff do provide support to our clients before, during and after the euthanasia procedure. If you desire ongoing counseling, our team can refer you to an appropriate provider of this service.