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Euthanizing a pet is not an easy decision. We are here to discuss options and assist in every way we can during this difficult time.
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.
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.
Our euthanasia process is designed to be as peaceful as possible. Once you and the doctor have determined that this is the best choice, your pet will have a drug administered that results in deep sedation. During the time it takes to reach this state, you and your family may remain with your pet. It is a quiet few minutes of saying goodbye. You may also choose to leave at this point, having bid your pet farewell, taking comfort in knowing it was calm and pain free.
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.
If you feel that you are ready for euthanasia, please call our office at (905) 481-2033 and we will set up an appointment for you. We will ensure you get put into an exam room right away for privacy. If possible, we will put you in a bigger room that has chairs rather than the bench. An assistant will go over some paperwork with you to ensure that we know exactly what you want for aftercare.
An IV catheter will be placed for your pet in the treatment area, and then a veterinarian will join you in the room and explain the procedure to you. You are welcome to pay while you are waiting for the IV catheter so that you can just leave once the euthanasia is done. We will also show you a separate exit if you do not wish to go back through the waiting room afterwards.
You can decide whether you are comfortable staying with your pet or if you choose to spend some time saying goodbye, and leaving before the euthanasia is performed. Even if you are not there for the euthanasia, your pet will be comforted by a team member and have comfortable bedding to lay on. We treat all pets like our own because we understand how difficult this time is.
Gateway Pet Memorial is the company that we use for pet cremation. When you visit their website, there are links which explain the difference between private, individual, and communal cremation. They offer a large selection urns, paw prints and other keepsake items. If there is something special that our hospital does not offer, you can make arrangements with Gateway.