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Losing a pet is a delicate and heartbreaking situation, and we understand the difficulty in having to make that final decision. Our veterinarians are skilled in assessing pain management and other quality of life issues, and do not recommend euthanasia casually. We also make certain that the process of putting your pet to sleep is carried out in a humane and peaceful manner.
Owners are welcome to remain with their pet through as much of the euthanasia process as they feel comfortable with. Your pet will initially be sedated, so that they may drift off to sleep peacefully. Then, an injection of an overdosed anesthesia medication is given. As it enters the bloodstream, the chemical targets the brain and heart, first preventing nerves from sensing pain, then gradually stopping the heart from beating.
While the decision to euthanize is heart-wrenching, it can sometimes be the kindest choice you can make for your beloved friend. In circumstances where putting your pet to sleep offers them relief from physical anguish, ending misery can be the best decision you can make for your pet.
What happens after euthanasia?
After putting your pet to sleep, you can decide to take your pet home with you, have your pet cremated, or buried at a pet funeral home. Because saying goodbye is difficult, we recommend having after death plans arranged prior to your visit for euthanasia. No matter what you decide to do, don’t feel pressured to choose one option or another; choose the option that is best for you.
The bereavement process is different for every pet owner. Some only take a couple days for mourning while others take months. It is completely normal to mourn the loss of your pet, and you should never feel obligated to put a time limit on what is the “right” amount of time.
If you have any questions about the process of putting a pet to sleep, please contact our office at your convenience.