We provide comfort and compassion during the most difficult decision
Unfortunately, the time must come to say goodbye to our pets. Our animals give themselves to us fully, wholeheartedly and without hesitation. Most of us reciprocate that love which makes having to say goodbye all the more difficult.
Euthanasia is commonly referred to as “putting down” or “putting to sleep”. This is a very hard decision many pet owners must make at the last stage of their pet’s life.
Just as we all age, so do our beloved pets. As much as we would love for all of our pets to be in our lives forever, there comes a time to say goodbye. Euthanasia offers a peaceful, controlled option for the end of our pet’s life. Based on your pet’s quality of life, euthanasia may be something to consider.
When is the time right?
Knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice. There are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize an animal, and it is a personal issue that differs from pet owner to pet owner. Your top concern should be about your pet’s quality of life, difficulties that come with old age, and the pain they may be suffering.
When a pet is faced with a chronic, untreatable illness, we often recommend families regularly review a quality of life questionnaire together and look for trends either in the positive, negative, or neutral direction. We are also available to discuss options and help guide you through the hospice and euthanasia process.
What should I expect?
Our euthanasia process is designed to be as peaceful as possible. We have a dedicated euthanasia room with a sofa, rug, and additional seating to make everyone, your pet included, as comfortable as possible. It also has a private entrance/exit so you won’t have to go back out into the lobby afterwards.
Once you and the veterinarian have determined that euthanasia is the best choice, your pet will have an IV catheter placed. This eliminates multiple painful needlesticks and allows you to snuggle your pet as you say good-bye. A drug is administered that quickly and peacefully results in anesthesia. During the time it takes to reach this state, you and your family may remain with your pet. Some people choose to leave at this point, having bid their pet farewell, taking comfort in knowing it was calm and pain free. Once the pet is asleep, we administer the euthanasia drug. Afterwards, families are welcome to spend as much, or as little, time with their pet as they are comfortable.
Upon request, we may make a clay or ink paw print for you.
Most people choose to have their pets cremated and the ashes returned to them or scattered at the crematory. We use Loving Hearts for our cremations. They have several options for urns available or you may choose to find your own. You are also welcome to take your pet with you for burial, if you prefer.
How should I get more information or ask for help?
Our veterinarians are available to discuss your options. They are very familiar with the experience, and are able to talk about the process and the feelings that come with it. Please make an appointment or contact us for information on options, timelines, and references for support through the grieving process.
What if I would prefer a house call euthanasia?
The experience of taking a loved one to an unfamiliar place to say a last goodbye can be frightening for them and even more upsetting for us. With acute and painful illnesses, the choice may be limited. However, depending on scheduling, we may be able to come to your home to help you say good-bye to your pet. Being able to say goodbye in the home where they are calm and comforted can be more peaceful for many pets. Call for details.