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.


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Last updated: December 23, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in our region, we are temporarily moving back to curbside service, with no pet parents in the building during appointments. Our top priority here at Elgin Animal Hospital is the ongoing health and safety of our clients, their pets, and our dedicated team members that serve you and the community. Our goal is to remain open in order to provide necessary care for your pets. In order to do this, we need to keep our team healthy and do our best to minimize exposure.

Here is what you can expect:


  • When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 519-631-0430 to let us know you are here
  • Our Reception Team will let you know when we are ready for you, and ask you to come in the appointment door
  • A staff member will meet you just inside the vestibule to take the patient into the hospital for their appointment
  • Our Veterinarian will communicate with you via phone call - so please be sure to bring your cellphone to your appointment!
  • We have payment over the phone for credit cards, or a portable debit machine can be brought to the vestibule if needed
  • Food & Medication Pick Up

  • Will continue safely via the food/med pick-up door Come in the door on your right -- no need to call when you arrive
  • We are highly recommending our clients sign up for myVETstore for purchasing food for their pets
  • We also ask that you please call in your pet's medication & food refills 3-5 days in advance as we are experiencing some shipment delays once again
  • These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. We are constantly analyzing our day-to-day actions and we appreciate your patience. We will continue to implement procedures that are in the best interest of both you, our clients and our staff.

    If you are not feeling well in any way, or if you have interacted with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 we ask that you stay isolated and do not visit us at the clinic. If your pet needs medical attention please have a family member or friend bring in your pet or pick up your prescriptions or food.

    Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (519) 631-0430. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

    - Your dedicated team at Elgin Animal Hospital