Euthanasia is a humane decision that helps pets cross the rainbow bridge peacefully. We understand how meaningful your pet is to you and your family, which makes losing them difficult. Our team recommends euthanasia for pets suffering from chronic disease or pain and have no treatments that can make their life easier. As a veterinary care team, we can spot the signs when your pet’s quality of life is declining.
How do I know when it’s time?
Determining when it’s time to euthanize your pet is a deeply personal decision, but there are certain signs to consider. When evaluating quality of life, personalized patient and client information is needed to reach an educated, informed, and supported choice that fits not only the pet’s medical condition but also the family’s wishes. In short, quality of life applies not only to the pet; it also applies to the family. To help you assess your pet’s quality of life, we have created a comprehensive Quality of Life Scale. Our compassionate team is here to offer support, discuss your concerns, and provide expert advice to ensure your pet’s comfort and dignity every step of the way.
How does euthanasia work in pets?
Our team will begin by giving your pet a sedative to relax them. We then administer the medication through an injection which takes effect almost immediately. Your pet won’t feel any pain, they will become unconscious, and their brain and heart will stop working.
What support is available to help me cope with the loss of my pet?
Losing your loyal companion can impact you in ways you couldn’t have imagined. Grief can be overwhelming and consume various aspects of your life. When mourning the loss of your pet, it’s important you have support. If you wish to speak with someone about the loss of your pet, please contact The OVC Pet Loss Support Line at 1-519-824-4120 ext. 53694.
We are partnered with Pets Above for our aftercare services. For more information on aftercare options, call us at 705-322-2661.