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.
Do you do house calls?
Yes. If you wish to say goodbye to your pet in the comfort of their surroundings, arrangements can be made to have a veterinarian and a technician perform a house call. Due to the need to have a veterinarian available at the clinic, the further in advance you can book, the more likely it is we can accommodate the requested date.
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 at home or in-hospital 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