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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 putting your pet to sleep is carried out in a humane manner.

When being euthanized, 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 euthanasia. The final injection 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 a pet is very emotional, it is important for a pet owner to consider the pet’s suffering.  Also, the word euthanasia means "good death" intentional ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. In circumstances why putting your pet to sleep offers them relief from physical anguish, ending misery can be the best decision you can make for your pet.

Common reasons for euthanasia: 

  • Age or Illness that would cause suffering if the pet were kept alive.
  • Inability to afford involved medical procedures. 
  • Organ damage that cannot be repaired. 
  • Terminal illness such as cancer.

What happens after euthanasia?

After putting your pet to sleep, you can decide to take your pet home with you, have your pet cremated with or without receiving ashes. Because saying goodbye is difficult, we recommend having after death plans arranged prior to your visit for euthanasia.  No matter what you decide to do, don’t feel pressured to choose one option over another; choose the option that is best for you.  Some pet owners feel that an urn with their pet’s remains helps the grieving process.  Since your pet has peacefully passed, it is now your decision to do what is best for you.

The grieving  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 putting a pet to sleep, or want to schedule an appointment to discuss the Quality Of Life of your pet, contact our office at your convenience.

We use a local company called Heart's Companion for our cremation services. They offer a wide array of services from custom blankets, urns, to pet loss support groups. They can even have your pet's ashes made into a diamond through a separate company! Check out their website for more information: http://heartscompanion.com/

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