Euthanasia is a difficult decision to make for your loyal companion. Humans share a deep love and connection with their cats and dogs which makes saying goodbye one of the hardest things to do. However, in many cases, when they are terminally ill or injured euthanasia is the most noble act of compassion you can give your loyal friend. At our hospital, we ensure that our clients are supported through the process and that their beloved cat or dog crosses the rainbow bridge peacefully.
When is euthanasia right for my cat or dog?
Euthanasia is usually recommended when a patient suffers from chronic pain, terminal illness, or traumatic injury. Your veterinarian brings up this topic when there are no options to remedy your cat or dog’s condition. In some cases, your veterinarian can offer palliative care to reduce pain and discomfort but it is only temporary. The decision to euthanize will always be yours to make, our team will always ensure that you have all the information about your pet’s condition and quality of life. Here are some things to consider when thinking about quality of life:
- Is my cat or dog acting normally?
- Has their appetite decreased or stopped eating?
- Are there signs they are in pain?
- Will their condition worsen with time?
What happens during euthanasia?
The medication is given via injection. Most veterinarians will administer a sedative before they administer the medication intravenously. The medication works within minutes and shuts down the vital organs. Your loyal companion will not feel any pain. You have the option to share some private moments before and after the procedure. To learn more about end-of-life care for your loyal companion, please contact us at 613-732-3641.
What happens after euthanasia?
Once the procedure is complete, your pet can be cremated at Gateway Pet Memorial. They are one of our trusted partners offering compassionate and respectful end-of-life services. There you can find a wide selection of urns and keepsakes such as paw prints, markers and jewelry to honour their memory.