We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
The decision to say goodbye to a beloved family member is often the most difficult part of pet ownership. Making plans for an animal in their final days is challenging for many people. At Avon Animal Hospital, we strive to offer support and guidance through these difficult decisions.
When should I consider pet euthanasia?
The decision to proceed with humane euthanasia is best made in consultation with your veterinarian. Many people believe that euthanasia should be considered when the goal of maximizing comfort for your pet and minimizing suffering. If you have questions or concerns regarding your cat’s quality of life, please book an appointment to come in and talk with one of our veterinarians.
What is the process for cat euthanasia?
Our goal at Avon Animal Hospital is to make this extremely difficult time as easy as possible for you and your cat. On arrival, you will be ushered into a quiet room. If your cat is fearful or anxious, a sedative may be administered. An IV catheter will also be placed so that the medication can be administered with as little handling as possible, allowing you to be close to your kitty. When everything and everyone is ready, the final injection is administered intravenously. It is very quick and painless.
Can I stay with my cat during euthanasia?
We encourage you to say goodbye in the way you are most comfortable. Many owners choose to stay with their cat through their final moments and for a few moments after too. We will support you in whatever decision you make, understanding that everyone deals with loss differently, and there is no right or wrong choice.
What is the cost of euthanasia?
There are a few factors that will impact the cost of euthanasia and aftercare. Please call us, and once we are clear regarding your needs and wants for your pet, we can provide you with an estimate of fees.
Do you offer pet bereavement support service?
The loss of a pet can have a significant impact on our lives for many different reasons; please know that you are not alone. The most important thing to do is ensure you get the support you need to help you through this difficult time. There are many resources available including:
Atlantic Veterinary College Pet Help Line
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.