Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Euthanasia is performed when the quality of life of your pet is limited from an illness or injury. It is a peaceful way to cross over the Rainbow Bridge.
What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?
Euthanasia is a humane way to allow our pets to pass away without suffering. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AAHA) explains the following;
“If your pet can no longer experience the things he/she once enjoyed, cannot respond to you in his or her usual ways, or appears to be experiencing more pain than pleasure, you may need to consider euthanasia. Likewise, if your pet is terminally ill or critically injured, or if the financial or emotional cost of treatment is beyond your means, euthanasia may be a valid option. Sometimes asking yourself the question, “Does my pet have more bad days than good days?” can help you make the decision.”
Can I say goodbye to my pet in the comfort of our home?
Please feel free to phone the clinic for specific details on availability for home euthanasia.
How is the euthanasia drug administered?
Cats can become stressed when in the hospital and sensing their owners’ despair. For that reason, we often provide mild initial intramuscular sedation before manipulating the elderly or ill patient. Once this takes effect, we place an intravenous catheter. The humane euthanasia is then performed by the administration of a highly concentrated, and very closely regulated, anesthetic agent into the catheter. Your pet will peacefully fall asleep and shortly after will pass away. We will discuss the entire procedure ahead of time, so you know what to expect.
What is the cost of pet euthanasia?
Please contact us for more information.
Does your hospital provide bereavement counselling?
Not our hospital specifically, however here are a few places/books that do:
Pets+Us- you can visit petsplusus.com to read about their Care & Empathy service.
ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline 877-474-3310
Some books/audiobooks: Goodbye Friend by Gary Kowalski, Grieving the Death of a Pet by Betty j. Carmack.
For kids- A Special Place for Charlee by Debby Morehead, Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant and Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!