Preparing for our pet’s departure
How do you know when the time is right?
You are the person who knows your pet best. Observe whether his habits have changed. Is he still doing the activities he used to enjoy (playing with his favorite toys, going for walks with you, lying in the sun)? Does he seem in pain or uncomfortable when he moves? Is his quality of life affected?
Our team is here to help guide your decision. We are available to advise you as well as answer your questions. Don’t hesitate to discuss your questions with your loved ones, sometimes talking with a trusted person can help you take your decision.
Before the appointment
- Call the clinic to make an appointment so that we can reserve the salon for you.
- If needed, explain to your children the reasons for your decision. Use words that are easy for them to understand and explain what is really going on. Children may have difficulty understanding why their friend doesn’t come back if “he’s gone to heaven” or why he doesn’t wake up from “his nap”.
- You can choose the care of the body following euthanasia. The joint cremation service is for people who do not wish to keep their pet’s ashes, but still wish to give their faithful companion a dignified and respectful end. It is also possible to keep your pet’s ashes at home in an individual urn.
- Take the time to say goodbye to your pet. Spend time with your pet before the procedure. If you do not feel ready or change your mind, do not hesitate to cancel your appointment.
During the appointment
- When you arrive, a member of the team will greet you and have you sign the authorization form. It is also possible to pay at this time, so once the procedure is completed, you can leave the clinic without worry.
- Once you are settled in the salon, if you feel that you need more time with your pet, do not hesitate to let us know. The team will come to you when you are ready.
- Assistance for euthanasia are mandatory until the sedation injection; this way the patient can be calmer and surrounded by people they know before the next step.
- Euthanasia will proceed in two stages. The first step is the injection of a sedative that allows your pet to fall deeply asleep. The second step is the administration of an anesthetic overdose through an intravenous line. Your pet is now deeply asleep and will go away gently.
- Once the injection is complete, the veterinarian confirms death by checking your pet’s vital signs.
After the appointment
- Take the time you need to say goodbye. When you are ready, a member of the team will come to care for your companion.
- It is normal to feel very sad or upset. Ask a loved one to be there for you if necessary.
- Your grief may last from a few weeks to a few months. Gradually, the sadness will be replaced by good memories that will help you better cope with your companion’s death. There are online resources and communities that can offer you support, so don’t hesitate to contact them.