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End Of Life Care & Euthanasia

Saying goodbye to a long-time friend is painful, and as pet owners, we understand the difficulty of losing a cherished pet. Grief for the approaching loss of your pet is complicated by the need to make difficult and often painful decisions. You may ask yourself how much treatment should I pursue? At what point will treatment cause more trauma than relief? Can I provide the care needed to keep my pet comfortable? At what point, if any, should I consider euthanasia?

Quality of life is a personal judgment; you know your pet better than anyone else. While we can guide you with objective information about diseases, and even provide a personal perspective of a disease condition, the final decision about euthanasia rests with you. At the FAN VET, we do everything possible to help you through these decisions.

If euthanasia is your decision, we are available to talk to you about the process before you come in for the service. We want you understand what to expect. In general, the euthanasia is rapid, usually within seconds, and very peaceful. Your pet will just go to sleep. Euthanasia is very humane and virtually painless.

If possible, we ask you to please call ahead to either schedule an appointment for euthanasia or to talk about the process. If an unexpected illness, situation, or injury occurs, we ask that you let us know you are on your way in so that we can be prepared for your arrival. We work with you and your family to ensure your pet’s comfort and dignity.

Deciding to be with your pet during the euthanasia is a very personal issue. It is not a decision to be made lightly or based on someone else’s choices. If you believe your pet will feel more comfortable or secure with you there, you’ll probably want to stay. On the other hand, if you’re concerned that your own reaction and grief may upset your pet more than the process itself, you may prefer not to be present but to say your good-by before or after. Be assured, in all situations your pet will be cared for with love and understanding and your wishes respected.

Following death, you may take your pet home for private burial or as part of our services; we can handle your pet’s body. We will arrange a private cremation for your pet with ashes returned to you or we will arrange for a communal cremation.