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Euthanasia

Losing a pet is a delicate situation, and we understand the difficulty in having to make that final decision. Our veterinarians are skilled in assessing pain management and do not recommend euthanasia casually. We also make certain that the process of euthanizing your pet is carried out in a humane manner.

Pet owners are welcome to be in the room as their pet passes, and if they prefer, a pet can be sedated prior to administering the final injection. This is a chemical that mimics an overdose of anesthesia, allowing your pet to fall into an eternal sleep. As it enters the bloodstream, the chemical targets the brain and heart, first preventing nerves from sensing pain, then gradually stopping the heart from beating.

While the decision to euthanize is heart-wrenching, it is important for a pet owner to consider the pet’s suffering before their own. In circumstances where euthanizing your pet offers them relief from physical anguish, ending their misery can be the best decision you can make for your pet.

Some reasons for euthanasia: 

  • Illness that would cause suffering if the pet were kept alive
  • Organ damage that cannot be repaired
  • Rabies
  • Terminal illness such as cancer

What happens after euthanasia?

After your pet is euthanized they will be cremated, with the option of having the ashes returned. Some pet owners feel that an urn with their pet’s remains helps the grieving process. Others request to not have the ashes returned and find this easier for them emotionally. It is your decision to do what is best for you, knowing your pet has peacefully passed. No matter what you decide to do, don’t feel pressured to choose one option or another; choose the option that is best for you. 

The bereavement process is different for every pet owner. Some only take a couple days for mourning while others take months. It is completely normal to mourn the loss of your pet, and you should never feel obligated to put a time limit on what is the “right” amount of time.

If you have any questions about the process of euthanizing a pet, or want to schedule an appointment to see if it would be beneficial for your pet’s condition, contact our office at your convenience.

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