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Euthanasia and End of Life Care

Euthanasia is a topic that carries many emotions with it. After a life filled with love and companionship, it is sometimes necessary to assist animals who are the victims of pain and chronic illness so that they will no longer experience hurt or discomfort. Our team is able to responsibly perform the act, and inform the decision with grace and knowledge.

Euthanasia is usually considered when the condition of the pet is not projected to improve, when they are in pain day-to-day, or when the resources necessary to prolong their life are not able to be acquired. This is no doubt a challenging decision to make. Before making the decision, it is very important to us that you are fully informed and able to make the wisest choice. If your pet can no longer experience things that bring them joy, cannot respond to affection or companionship in their usual ways, and feels frequent or extreme pain, then euthanasia might be the kindest and selfless decision to make.

Although the decision to euthanize a pet is a very personal one, you do not have to feel alone during the process. Our veterinarians will work with you to outline the options you have and explain the quality of life and expense associated with each. We also provide house call euthenasias for circumstances where it is more comfortable for the pet patient and/or client.

We light a candle at the reception desk when a euthanasia is being performed to help create a more quiet and peaceful hospital setting. It often comforts people to know that the process is completely pain-free, and if they stay in the room petting and comforting their pet after the procedure, they usually pass in a peaceful state. Before the procedure, the veterinarian will administer a sedative so the pet feels relaxed and unafraid.

Grief is a natural emotion to feel after the loss of a pet. Should you need any assistance with the coping process, please let one of our team members know. We are here to help you heal.