The direct translation of euthanasia is “good death”. Euthanasia allows our beloved pets to pass away without pain and with dignity. While this is not something any pet owner wants to think about, it is something most pet owners must face at some point. It is the hardest part about being a pet owner, but our pets look to us to help alleviate any pain or suffering.
What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?
Deciding “when” is a very difficult decision. Our veterinarians can help with advice and opinion but ultimately the decision is up to the individual pet owner. Each pet owner has to determine whether or not their pet is living a good quality of life. Every pet is an individual and they do not follow any rulebook so the people who know the dog the best (the family) has to decide when is the “right” time.
What drug is used and how is the procedure done?
When the difficult decision has been made, please contact the hospital to schedule an appointment to bring your dog to the hospital. An intravenous catheter is inserted into a vein and two drugs will be given to your dog through the catheter. The first injection is a liquid anesthetic, which allows your dog to peacefully fall asleep without having any anxiety about the situation. Once that drug has taken effect, an overdose of a narcotic drug is administered. The injections work quickly and there is no pain for your dog at any point.
What’s the cost of euthanasia?
The cost is variable depending on what aftercare arrangements you wish to make for your dog. Please contact the hospital to discuss all options that are available from our clinic.