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.
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
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.
Beginning July 2, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:
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 us.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, 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".
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.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!