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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 all of 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. Some pets benefit from a sedative to help make the experience as smooth as possible. Our doctor will work with you and your pet to determine the best action to take to keep everyone comfortable. For most pets, our doctors prefer to have an intravenous catheter placed to provide a smooth transition to the Rainbow Bridge. We will discuss everything with you to be sure we are all comfortable with each step of the process. 

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 you through the grieving process.