Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease (Borreliosis) is an infection caused by bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted by deer ticks and can infect many different animals, including dogs, cats, and humans.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519.631.0430. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!