We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Dog Euthanasia

Dog Euthanasia

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.

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?


An intravenous catheter is placed in the vein. If needed, we will give intramuscular sedation before the IV catheter placement to reduce the stress on your pet. Humane euthanasia is performed by the administration of a highly concentrated, and very closely regulated, anesthetic agent into the catheter. Your pet will peacefully fall sleep and within moments will pass away. We are sure to discuss the entire procedure ahead of time, so the owners know what to expect. It’s important to know that your pet won’t experience any pain.

What is the cost of pet euthanasia?


Please contact us for more information.

Does your hospital provide bereavement counselling?


Bereavement support can be found at:

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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.443.9385. One of our staff members will obtain a history either via phone or from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return your pet to you outside once the veterinarian discusses a recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN but are now working with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday 10am-7pm; and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will take payment over the phone and place the items in a pickup bin located just outside our front doors.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Fairview Animal Hospital