We understand that loosing a pet is painful and can have long-lasting effects, not only on you, but on your family and other pets. Deciding if euthanasia is the appropriate next step for your pet can be extremely difficult. Many owners often struggle to determine if it’s time to let their pet go or not.
When should I consider euthanasia?
If your pet is up in years and you feel their quality of life is declining, please talk to our veterinarian about next steps. If you are unsure how to assess your pet’s quality of life, please consider reviewing the Quality of Life Scale provided by Lap of Love. We want you to feel comfortable and confident that the decision you’re making is what’s best for your pet. Never hesitate to ask to speak to our veterinarian if you have questions or concerns.
What should I expect if I opt to euthanize?
After discussing your decision with your veterinarian, we will need you to fill out a Euthanasia Consent Form. If you would like to be present for the euthanasia, you certainly can, or you can opt to not be present. We will set up a comfortable, quiet space for your fur-baby and allow you as much time as you need with them before we proceed. A trained assistant will place an IV catheter and your veterinarian will give a light sedative. After the sedative, your veterinarian will proceed with the euthanasia. Humane euthanasia is painless and is the best option for a peaceful passing for your pet. After your pet has passed, you are free to spend as much or as little time with them as you like.
What will happen to my pet’s remains?
At Center Veterinary Hospital, we take your pet’s after-care very seriously. We are partnered with an excellent, trusted pet crematory service called Pet Angel. After your pet is humanely euthanized by a licensed veterinarian with your consent, you will have a few options available to you for after-care.
- At-Home Burial: This option allows you to take your pet home with you the same day.
- Private Cremation: Your pet will be transferred to Pet Angel to be privately cremated. You will receive your pet’s ashes back to keep.
- Communal Cremation: Your pet will be cremated with Pet Angel, but you will not receive their ashes back.
Making the decision to euthanize is never easy and it should always be a decision made after a great deal of discussion with your family and your veterinarian. As always, never hesitate to call us at 336-886-8611 if you have questions or concerns about your pet’s quality of life and are considering euthanasia.