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Saying Goodbye 2017-07-03T18:49:11+00:00

Is it time?

Euthanasia is a personal decision to be made by the pet’s family, with the assistance of your veterinarian if needed.  Although a difficult choice, most owners find peace in being able to ease their pet’s suffering when the quality of life has deteriorated.  Our staff is here to help owners determine available options at every step of the way.  These are a few of the considerations to help you decide what’s best for your pet:

  • Chronic and uncontrollable pain, even with veterinarian prescribed medications.
  • Lack of appetite or thirst/significant weight loss
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Lack of activity/inability to ambulate
  • Loss of bodily functions.

  • Give yourself time to make the decisions that are right for your family.

    Allow family and friends who love your pet an opportunity to say goodbye, including children.  This may be the first time your child has experienced death.  There are a multitude of children’s books available that can help you discuss the issue and comfort your child.

    You may choose who will be present at the time of euthanasia.  Most owners prefer to comfort their pets during the process, but many may find it too painful to be present.  If you prefer not to be present, our staff is honored to wrap your pet in love and comfort on your behalf.  Given the emotional nature of the process, we recommend that children not attend but owners may choose otherwise.  We do not allow owners to be present during the euthanasia of small mammals or exotic animals.

    You will also want to decide if you would like to take your pet home or elect cremation services.  For your convenience, we provide cremation services on site.  Options include a communal cremation where the remains are not returned or a memorial cremation where the remains are returned in a carved rosewood urn.

    How to prepare
  • Euthanasia is a painless option to help end suffering once a pet’s quality of life has severely deteriorated.  Our Veterinarians will walk you through every step of the process.

    Our reception team will quickly check the pet in for the appointment while taking care of all paperwork and payment.  We want to ensure that your focus can remain on your loved one and that you are able to leave at your convenience and without bother.

    A veterinary technician will briefly check in with the owner and the pet.  They will then take the pet to our treatment area for the placement of an IV catheter to make sure the pet stays comfortable throughout the procedure.  If preferred by the owner or if needed for the safety or comfort of the pet, a premedication may be given at this time to calm the pet.

    If the owner chooses to be present, the pet is then returned to the owner until they are ready to move forward.

    The veterinarian will then confirm the owner’s choice and help prepare owners for the euthanasia.  When the time is ready, the veterinarian will perform the euthanasia.  The owners are then allowed all time they need with the pet prior to leaving.  The grieving process is extremely difficult for most, and our staff is here to answer any questions you may have throughout the process and after.

    What to expect

The wisdom of the innocent

Farewell, Dear Friend

A child, after saying goodbye to his beloved friend…

“People are born so that they learn how to live a good life – like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The four year old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”