Euthanizing Your Pet

In every pet owner’s life, there comes a time when you are faced with the difficult decision of letting your beloved friend go in peace, to end their suffering and poor quality of life. There are many times that the situation allows for a clear decision, but it is never easy.

The most unselfish act is to take away your pet’s suffering, and accept the emotional pain onto yourself.

Many conditions are debilitating and not treatable, and while we try to keep pets comfortable for as long as possible, the decision is almost always inevitable. It can be difficult to know when the right time is.

If your pet is eating and drinking, has relatively normal bathroom habits, and is responsive to you, usually most people feel that this is an adequate quality of life. Once your pet deteriorates, your veterinarian will work with you about any practical options for a good quality of life. We always try to make their final years happy and comfortable, but once this is not possible, euthanasia is the humane option.

What Is the Process?

When you decide on a day, call to arrange a time, and come to our clinic. You will be placed in a special quiet room where you can spend time with your pet and have a consultation with the veterinarian.

Once you have decided that there are no other options, we place a catheter in your pet’s vein and you sign the permission papers.

You may choose to be present during the euthanasia, if you wish.

You decide when you are ready and let the veterinarian know that you are ready for the injection to be administered. Once it is given, it takes only seconds to take effect. There is no suffering, no prolonged waiting. You can spend time afterwards with your pet to say goodbye. This is a very emotional time.

What Happens After?

Most people choose to have their pet cremated, rather than buried. You can decide to have your pet’s ashes returned from the cremation. They will be delivered to our clinic and we will call you as soon as they arrive.

If you choose to have your pet’s ashes returned, we will provide a complimentary urn and engraving of up to 20 characters. We also offer plaques and clay paw prints for an additional cost. Learn more about your memorial options here.

Some people decide to have their pet’s ashes returned, others do not. This is entirely your personal decision.

We know that this will be one of the most difficult days of your entire life. When you go home afterwards and in the days following the loss of your pet, you may feel like there’s a hole in your heart, and your home may seem quiet and empty. You should allow yourself time to grieve, as this is the natural way to mourn the passing of your friend. Remind yourself that euthanasia was the humane thing to do, rather than letting your loved one continue to suffer needlessly.

We are here to try to help ease your pet, you, and your family through this incredibly emotional time. If you find that you are not coping, we have the names and phone numbers of pet loss support groups. If you are severely upset, please call your physician for help.

Please call us if you have any questions at all.

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