What should I expect the euthanasia process to be like?

The decision to put down, put to sleep, or euthanize your pet is incredibly difficult, emotional, and personal. Usually this decision is based on a deteriorating quality of life for your pet, due to disease, injury, or old age. If you are unsure of the decision, our doctor will review your pet's medical conditions, examine your pet, and offer guidance during this difficult time.

Once the decision has been made, we will help you fill out the necessary paperwork to authorize the procedure, and council you on the options for care of your pet's remains. We encourage taking care of the bill prior to the procedure so that you can leave once the procedure is complete.

It is your decision whether or not you would like to be present for the euthanasia. Often, an intravenous catheter will be placed in the leg of your pet. After this has been done, you may elect to spend some private time with your pet in our private bereavement room. Once you are ready to proceed, the doctor will administer an anesthetic injection given to calm your pet. Shortly thereafter, a second injection will be given that will painlessly and peacefully stop your pet's heart. The doctor will examine your pet and confirm that he or she is gone. We will then take care of your pet's remains according to your wishes.