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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

Deciding to euthanize a pet is a difficult process that many pet owners must make at the last stages of their pet’s life. There is great fear in not knowing what will occur on the day of euthanasia. We encourage you to discuss this with one of our veterinarians and to ask questions to better understand your decision and the process. We strive to help make their last moments as peaceful and as comfortable as possible.

Why euthanasia?

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, sadly, there comes a time to say goodbye. Euthanasia offers a peaceful, controlled option for the end of your pet's life. Based on the age, health and current pain levels of your pet, 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 can be a personal issue that differs from pet owner to pet owner.

If you and your veterinarian have decided that the time is right for your pet, you will need to decide whether you would like to be there during the euthanasia. 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.

Some people wish to be with their pet during their final moments and others chose to say goodbye before. Whether you choose to be with your pet or not, be re-assured either decision you make is appropriate.

Arrange time to spend with your pet directly before the procedure. If you choose to be in the room, you can still have some private time with your pet beforehand. It is sometimes helpful to say goodbye in this final setting.

Say goodbye to your pet. Take a few final moments to express your feelings. Do whatever you need to do to say goodbye. You are not alone. There are many others experiencing similar grief.

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. Pet loss can be very challenging, and there are pet loss support groups available throughout the country. If you have specific questions or concerns about euthanasia or you would like more information on options, timelines and references to support you through the grieving process please make an appointment with one of our doctors.