Dog Euthanasia

Euthanasia is a very difficult time for all family members. We strive to make this situation as easy as possible on you and your pet. When you have decided that it is time, please contact our clinic and we will go over any questions you may have about the procedure and options for cremation.

How do I know when it’s the right time?

Every pet’s illness and situation is different. Together with the help of medical advice from your veterinarian, you will be able to decide when the time is right. In the end, the decision is completely up to you. When considering whether it is time or not, you should think about their quality of life. For example, are they happy and comfortable or painful and lethargic? Are their eating habits changing? Has their personality changed? Are they still using the litter box as normal? If you see a lot of changes for the worse and your pet seems to be suffering, it may be time to consider euthanasia.

What happens during euthanasia?

When you arrive for your appointment, we will take care of the bill, consent form, and cremation or other plans for your dog’s remains, right away. You are welcome to take your dog’s remains home to bury if you wish as well. Once that is done, we will take you, your family and your dog to a room. We then take your dog out back to place an IV catheter in the front leg. This allows us to give the injection quick and easy, with no complications. We do not give the injection while we have your dog in the back of the clinic unless you specifically request to not be present for that part of the procedure. The veterinarian will then bring your dog back in the room with you, explain how the procedure goes and answer any questions you may have. When you and any family members that are present are ready, the doctor will give the injection, which is essentially an overdose of an anesthetic that causes your pet to fall asleep, without any pain or suffering. Once the injection is given, everything happens very quickly. After the veterinarian confirms there is no heartbeat, you are welcome to stay in the room with your pet and take as much time as you need to finish saying your goodbyes. Because we took care of everything before the appointment, you are able to leave the building as soon as you are ready.

Can I say goodbye to my pet in the comfort of our home?

Our veterinary hospital does not provide in-home euthanasia.

What’s the cost of euthanasia?

If you have questions regarding euthanasia, please contact us at 506-388-8880

Does the clinic also provide bereavement counselling?

No, but we can certainly direct you to the proper resources.