Euthanasia

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Euthanasia: The Peaceful Ending

The decision to consider euthanasia can be one of the most challenging decisions you may have to make in life. It can also be one of the kindest decisions for your pet.

When is it Time?
It is usually not easy to determine when is the right time. The decision varies greatly based on the pet and their care givers. What is the right time for you may not be the same for another. Our veterinarians can help you work through this process. There are also links below that can help you in making that decision.

Quality of Life Scale

What Can I expect?
The euthanasia process begins with a sedative injection first. Once the pet has become peaceful a second injection is given. This will stop the brain and the pet will fall asleep and his or her heart will stop. You can opt to be present for all, none or part of the procedure. A clay paw print will be made and a locket of fur will be given to take home.

Types We Offer:
We offer euthanasia services both in the office and in your home. After the euthanasia you can opt to take the body home for burial or we can provide cremation services. Both private and group cremation services are available.  For more information on our in home (mobile services), please follow this link:

How Much Does it Cost?

Grieving Support & Counseling
Pets are family to us, and when we lose a family member, we go through a process of grieving.  To help with your grieving, here are some resources and links to help you find counselors, support groups, discussion forums, and other support options.

Helpful Resources and Websites:

Pet Hospice Journal

www.www.pet-loss.net – Pet Loss Support Pages: This website, maintained by Moira Allen, includes state-by-state listings of pet loss services. A variety of other information about end of life issues, euthanasia, and coping with pet loss can also be printed from this site.

www.chancesspot.org: Pet loss support forums, pet grief and bereavement hotline numbers, helpful information about pet loss, and an online pet tributes and memorials page where pet caregivers can say goodbye to pets who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge are just some of the resources available at the Chance’s Spot website.

www.griefhealing.com: Marty Tousley’s website is dedicated to online grief education courses, memorials, poetry, and resource listings for both human and companion animal loss. Email: Tousleym@aol.com

www.aplb.org: The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement (APLB) maintains a national clearinghouse of information on pet bereavement, including a counselor-facilitated chat room.

www.rainbowbridge.com: Rainbow Bridge website provides a “virtual interactive” memorial page, a pet loss forum, and links to other pet loss websites.

www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-loss:  Pet Loss Support Helplines via Veterinary Schools & Organizations:

Chicago VMA
630-325-1600

Colorado State University, Argus Institute
970-297-1242

Cornell University
607-253-3932

University of Illinois
217-244-CARE (2273) or 877-394-CARE (2273)

Michigan State University
517-432-2696

University of Tennessee
865-755-8839

Tufts University
508-839-7966

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
540-231-8038

Washington State University
509-335-5704 or 866-266-8635

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