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Euthanizing a pet is not an easy decision. We are here to discuss options and assist in every way we can during this difficult time.


Euthanasia is commonly referred to as “putting down” or “putting to sleep”. This is a very hard decision many pet owners must make at the last stage of their pet’s life.

The death of a pet is never easy, but understanding when and why it may be time to say goodbye can help pet parents make peace with the decision. While each pet is different, quality of life considerations are the paramount concern for every animal we treat.

Is your pet no longer well enough to participate in favorite activities, such as eating, playing fetch, or jumping up to look out the window? If so, these declines may indicate that the time is right to consider the humane act of euthanasia. Ultimately, each member of our veterinary team shares the same goal: to spare pets from prolonged suffering.

Because this can be a stressful and confusing time, we make sure pet parents are well aware of the options for euthanasia. Whether you’re calling to schedule an appointment or arriving at the hospital on the day of the procedure, everyone from our veterinarians to our receptionists are at the ready to answer any questions which may arise. Each member of our team is committed to making sure pet parents have access to the knowledge they need to make the most informed decisions.

Why euthanasia?

Just as we all age, so do our beloved pets. As much as we would love for all of our pets to be in our lives forever, there comes a time to say goodbye. Euthanasia offers a peaceful, controlled option for the end of our pet's life. Based on your pet's quality of life, euthanasia may be something to consider.

When is the time right?

Knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice. There are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize an animal, and it is a personal issue that differs from pet owner to pet owner. Your top concern should be about your pet’s quality of life, difficulties that come with old age, and the pain they may be suffering.

What should I expect?

Our euthanasia process is designed to be as peaceful as possible. Once you and the doctor have determined that this is the best choice, your pet will have a drug administered that results in deep sedation. During the time it takes to reach this state, you and your family remain with your pet. It is a quiet few minutes of saying goodbye. Many people choose to leave at this point, having bid their pet farewell, taking comfort in knowing it was calm and pain-free.

Our large exam room offers a comfortable setting, and pet parents are given the option to accompany their pets into the room or to remain outside during the procedure. Your veterinarian will take time to explain exactly what will take place in order to eliminate any lingering concerns. Because most patients are sedated prior to the administration of the euthanization solution, they feel no pain. And while the procedure takes just minutes, owners are invited to spend as much time as they need to say their goodbyes. 

How should I get more information or ask for help?

Our veterinarians are available to discuss your options. They are very familiar with the experience, and are able to talk about the process and the feelings that come with it. Please make an appointment or contact us for information on options, timelines, and references for support through the grieving process.