Saying goodbye to a loved one can be a difficult process. Our veterinary team would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family as you consider this decision. We’re here to support you, both with sound medical advice and any resources to make this process easier on your family. 

How does euthanasia work?

Before the procedure, we want to make sure you and your loved ones have enough time to say goodbye to your furry family member. We’ll walk through the details of what will happen on the day of your pet’s appointment. We’ll administer a strong dosage of medicine that will stop their heart and brain almost immediately. Your pet might shake or twitch a little but it doesn’t mean they’re in pain. Euthanasia is a humane way to peacefully allow your pet to transition, while maintaining their dignity. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedure, please contact us at 403-938-4171.

When is the right time to euthanize my pet?

There’s no right time to peacefully end your pet’s life. The most important thing to consider is how your pet’s quality of life is being impacted by their overall health or injury. For example, if you’ve noticed your pet hasn’t seemed like themselves in a long time, avoids activities they typically love or is showing signs of pain, these could be an indication that their quality of life is being impacted. Before you make your final decision, our veterinary team will discuss your options. We’ll examine your pet’s overall health and assess the best possible course of action. We want you to have the information you need to make the best decision you can for your furry friend and family. 

How can I honour their life?

We highly recommend deciding ways to honour your pet’s life before the procedure. You can decide to either bury or cremate your pet, depending on how you would like their remains to be handled. You can also have a ceremony celebrating their life or have memorabilia, like a paw print, that commemorates them. Regardless of what you decide, it’s important to involve your family so you can support each other through the grieving process.