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Euthanasia


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We understand that considering euthanasia is a difficult decision to make. Before you make that decision, we are here to help you assess your dog’s quality of life and discuss any expectations you can have with any possible treatment options.

We cannot make this decision for you but we can help you understand your pet’s condition so that the decision is easier for you. This is a personal decision that you must make but you do not have to make it alone. Our team and your loved ones can help you make the right decision and can support you as you grieve the loss of your beloved dog.

Euthanasia near meIt might be time for euthanasia if:

  • Your dog's quality of life is seriously compromised by injury
  • Your dog does not enjoy the things that would normally make them happy or excited
  • Your dog does not respond to you like it normally does
  • Your dog appears to experience more pain than pleasure
  • The emotional and financial cost of treatment is too much for you and your family.

If you are considering euthanasia, we strongly encourage you to contact us so that we can help you.

What if the pet is healthy?

Sometimes euthanasia might be necessary if an animal becomes aggressive or vicious. In some cases, these types of unwanted behaviors can be modified. It is very important that you discuss the situation with your veterinarian. In all cases, you and your family’s safety should always be considered first.

Economic, emotional limitations, and lifestyle changes may be a cause for some people to consider euthanasia. Considering these factors, all opportunities in finding a new home or partnering with an adoption group should be utilized. Euthanizing a healthy pet is not an alternative.

Saying Goodbye

This is an important step in managing healthy and natural feelings of grief and sorrow after the loss of your beloved companion. Once you have made the decision to euthanize, call and speak to our team about when you would like to come in and we will find time for you to bring your dog in. You, your family, and your friends may want to say goodbye and the last evening at home or a visit to the animal hospital might be appropriate. 

The decision to stay or not stay with a pet is a very personal one.  Some owners feel that they may be too emotional and it would be upsetting to their dog. Others may feel that it is important to comfort their pet in those final moments.  Some owners choose to not be present during the euthanasia but do want a final moment after their pet has passed away. Whatever you decide, be assured, that we will treat your pet like our own, with every consideration, comfort, and kindness, every step of the way.

The Euthanasia Process

When we euthanize a patient, an injection is administered to induce death. In most cases, a sedative is administered before euthanasia to induce your pet into a relaxed, restful, and comfortable sleep. Once you are ready and your final goodbyes are made, the euthanasia medication is injected and your dog will drift off into painless unconsciousness until the heart stops beating.  Your dog might move or take some deep breaths after the medication is given.  In some cases, your dog may void it's bladder and bowels as the body becomes lax. These are muscular reflexes and it does not mean that your dog is in pain or suffering.

Final Care Options

Your dog’s final care is another choice that you must make during this difficult time. This is a consideration that you might want to make while you are considering the decision of euthanasia.

Burial

A burial ceremony may help some pet owners attain closure. Sometimes families will bury their pets at home. If you choose this option, please check your local laws and ordinances. If your area has restrictions a dog cemetery may be an option for you.

Cremation

We have partnered with Fond Memories for cremation services for many years. They provide ethical and respectful final care for our patients and our own personal pets.  They have an impeccable reputation for their integrity and compassionate care so you may have peace of mind in your time of loss. We will make all the arrangements with them for you. They offer two different cremation services:

  • Private Cremation- Allows you the opportunity to keep your pet’s cremated remains as a permanent and personal keepsake. When you choose private cremation, your treasured pet will be the only pet in the cremation chamber during the cremation process.  When the cremation process is complete, you receive only the cremated remains of your pet. Your pet’s cremated remains will be returned in a tasteful urn wooden urn. Some families want to choose an urn that may reflect the life they have shared with their pet, their personal style or possibly reflect their pet’s unique personality. Please take a moment to review their memorial products page. We will be happy to assist you in ordering these products. 
  • Communal Cremation-  If you do not want to keep your pet's ashes, a communal cremation offers both peace of mind and solace. With communal cremation, your pet is gently placed into the crematory together with other pets.

Pet Loss Support

compassionate care for elderly petsWhen a treasured pet dies, we feel the loss deeply.  It is important to actively grieve the death of your beloved pet so that you can process and move toward coming to terms with the loss of your pet. If you are struggling with the loss of your pet, please feel free to reach out to us.  Here are some online resources that we have found to be helpful to our clients:

Grief Support Guide from Fond Memories:

Coping with the Loss of a Companion Animal

Cornell University:

 www.vet.cornell.edu/about-us/outreach/pet-loss-support-hotline/resources-grieving

American Veterinary Medical Association:

www.avma.org/resources/pet-owners/petcare/coping-loss-pet

Humane Society:

www.humanesociety.org/resources/coping-death-your-pet

Rainbows Bridge Grief Support Center:

www.rainbowsbridge.com 

We will be happy to assist you with anything you may need during this difficult time, please contact us today.

Creekside Animal Hospital is proud to be an active member of our community and to serve as your veterinarian in The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, Conroe, and surrounding areas.

 

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