Saying goodbye to your loyal companion is one of the hardest things to do. At Kingston Road Animal Hospital, we can help by providing a humane, respectful, and gentle passing of your beloved pet. Please call us to learn more about our euthanasia and cremation services.
When is euthanasia recommended?
Euthanasia is recommended when there are no other options to treat a pet that has chronic pain or a terminal disease. As veterinary professionals, our team will provide palliative care when your pet has serious health problems like heart disease or cancer. In these cases, we can only provide some relief from their symptoms, but the disease won’t regress. As your pet’s guardian, you will notice changes in their behaviour and appetite at home. Some pet owners notice their pet is eating less, sleeping more, or shying away from loved ones. These signs usually appear when a pet is close to the end of their life. We know this is a difficult realization for pet owners, and we are here for you when the time comes. Please call us at 416-690-0625 to discuss your pet’s health.
What happens during the procedure?
Euthanasia is a quick procedure, so we allow pet parents to say their goodbyes before we begin. If the client wishes, we allow them to be present when we administer the medication. We are very gentle with pets and take good care of them until their final moment. In some cases, we give pets a sedative to keep them calm. We encourage pet owners to bring a toy or comfort item to help the patient relax. The veterinarian will administer the euthanasia medication in an injection, which takes effect almost instantly. Your pet won’t feel any pain and will peacefully pass away. Our team will then give you some privacy with your pet’s remains.
What can I do to cope with the loss of my pet?
Losing a pet is both a stressful and emotional time. It can be one of the hardest undertakings in life to deal with. If you need someone to talk to and figure out how to deal with the grief, we have provided you with a list of resources. These resources can help you with the following:
- Understanding the grief
- The various stages of grief
- How to help children cope with grief
- Coping with anniversaries
- Utilizing support services
Gateway Pet Memorial
English - Toll Free: 1.800.227.6915 / Phone: 519.822.8858
French - Toll Free: 1.866.559.2212 / Phone: 613.226.9422
Pet Loss Support Groups (Ontario, Canada)