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Euthanasia

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. Once you and the doctor have determined that this is the best choice, your pet will have an intravenous catheter placed for administration of medicine that will help your pet relax. We allow you as much time as you’d like to visit and say goodbye to your family member. When you are ready, the doctor will join you to provide an overview of what to expect. Euthanasia is performed by administration of an anesthetic overdose which is peaceful and painless. Aftercare options include taking your pet home for burial or cremation. We partner with Sleepy Hollow to make arrangements. We are willing to partner with other local crematoriums upon your request. There are options to get ashes returned, paw prints, or other mementos offered through the local crematorium.

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 contact us for information on options, timelines, and references for support through the grieving process.