Preparing for a Euthanasia

Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy. Once you and your vet decide it's in your pet's best interest to cross the rainbow bridge, there are a several things to consider to ensure their final experience is as stress-free and comforting as possible.

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Talk with your family and help them prepare for the loss

Make sure everyone has a chance to say goodbye.

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Let your pet know how much you love them by doing special things they enjoy

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    Keep them comfortable

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    Give them special treats

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    Rub their favorite spots

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    Cuddle and snuggle with them

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    Respect your pet's wishes if they don't feel like socializing

Consider having the following available at your appointment

  • Your pet's bed or blanket so they have something comfortable and familiar to lay on.
  • Candles with soft lighting.
  • Soothing background music.
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Decide if you and your family (including other pets) will be with your pet

  • Your pet is given a mild sedative to help them relax.
  • Caressing your pet while the sedative takes effect is comforting to you both.
  • It is perfectly ok if you decide not to stay in the room, just notify the team ahead of time.

Decide in advance how you would like to honor your pet

  • Private Creamtion: Ashes are returned to you.
  • Communal Cremation: Ashes are not returned to you.
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Keep mementos of your pet to remember them by, such as pictures, hair clippings or their collar

After the appointment

  • It's ok to cry. Pets are family and they will be missed.

  • It's ok to tell your friends and family about your loss. They understand how important your pet is to you.

  • Remember your pet. It is ok to talk about them and fondly remember the experiencies you shared.

  • Do something in memory of your pet.

  • Consider grief counseling. There are many compassionate support groups to help you during this time.

  • Consider volunteering at a local shelter until you are ready to welcome a new pet into your home.

  • If you any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us.