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Euthanasia


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.

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Overview

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.

Why euthanasia?

Just as we all age, so do our beloved pets. As much as we would love for 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.

What should I expect?

Our euthanasia process is designed to be as peaceful as possible. Once you and your doctor have determined that this is the best choice, your pet will have a drug administered that results in deep sedation.  Some people wish to be with their pet in his or her final moments.  Others may feel concerned that their emotions would upset their pet and prefer not to be present.  Either decision is appropriate, and pet owners can rest assured knowing that they have given their pet a lifetime of love.

We encourage you to talk to your family about euthanasia. Everyone should be able to share their thoughts and feelings on the process, and ultimately decide if they would like to be present or not.

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 to support through the grieving process.