Dog Euthanasia

Providing compassionate care, guidance, and support during a difficult time.

Euthanasia is the act of ending life in a controlled, pain-free setting with your trusted veterinary team at your side. Saying goodbye to your pet, regardless of their age or how long they’ve been with you, is never easy. We are here to help answer any questions you have about the process of euthanasia; please call us at any time.

What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?

Pet owners often ask us “How will I know when it’s the right time?”. Deciding when to say goodbye to your pet is something only you as their beloved guardian can do. Many people look to see when their pet stops doing his/her favourite things like greeting them at the door, going for walks, looking for that special treat, etc. Other folks feel the time is right when the bad days outweigh the good and quality of life is a concern. If you have questions about the end of life procedures, please contact our hospital, we are here to help you.

Do you do house calls?

We are pleased to offer a house call service through our Woodbury Veterinary Hospital on Robie Street in Halifax. Please call 902-443-4663 (HOME) to schedule an appointment.

What drug is used?

A highly concentrated anesthetic agent is administered to your pet intravenously and acts quickly and painlessly by putting your pet into a deep sleep where the heart and internal organs immediately cease to work.

What’s the cost of euthanasia?

One of the many questions you will be faced with when saying goodbye is how you wish to care for your pets’ remains. Aftercare choices include communal cremation, private cremation (with ashes returned to you in an urn of your choosing), or private burial if you have a special place outside of city limits. Once you have decided on aftercare, we can better advise you of the total costs.

Does the clinic also provide bereavement counselling?

Most of us working in veterinary medicine have experienced the loss of a pet and understand how difficult the grieving process can be. We are always here to lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Professional counselling can be very helpful to some pet owners struggling to cope with their pets’ passing; please ask us about the resources available.

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