Unfortunately, being a pet owner means at some point we will have to say goodbye to our beloved furry family member. It can be of little comfort at the time, but when the time comes, euthanasia can mean to allow your pet a peaceful and pain-free transition from our lives. Every situation is different, and each time is a difficult and personal decision. When the time comes, we at the Elgin Animal Hospital do our utmost best to help you make this decision and take you to step by step through this difficult time.
What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?
Euthanasia is a medical procedure where a veterinarian administers a drug to your dog that end’s his/her life. Knowing when the time has come for you and your pet is different in every situation and is a very personal decision. Our job as veterinary professionals is to discuss the issues and situation with you and help you make the right decision when the time comes. Sometimes, the decision is fairly straightforward, but sometimes it isn’t. We always focus on the quality of life and help you assess your pet’s situation and allow you to make the best choice for your pet.
How is the euthanasia drug administered?
The drug is given intravenously (in the vein) through a port in an intravenous catheter that is usually placed in the front leg. This allows the actual injection to be pain-free and you and your dog to be as comfortable as possible.
What is the cost of pet euthanasia?
Every situation is different and there are several things to discuss to make sure this experience is as stress-free as possible. We ask that people call our office, and we can go through the cost of the procedure with you. The cost varies greatly depending on your wishes.
Does your clinic provide bereavement counselling?
We offer support in this your time of grief – but we also have resources we can direct you to if the need arises.