We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Sadly there comes a time in every pet’s life (Cat Euthanasia) where they no longer have a good quality of life, and we need to intervene and help them across the rainbow bridge. We always hope this is when your dog is at a ripe old age and has seen and done everything on their bucket list, but sadly just like in human medicine this is not always the case. Here at the College Manor Veterinary Hospital, we do everything in our power to offer your pet the most peaceful, dignified passing possible. After we place a catheter into their vein we will give your pet some sedation to help them relax. Once all family members have had a chance to say their final goodbyes the veterinarian will administer an overdose of an anesthetic that puts them into a deep sleep that they just never wake up from. While euthanasia is one of the most difficult decisions you will EVER have to make for your furry friend, it is also the most humane thing we can do for our pets when they are suffering and no longer have a good quality of life.
What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?
Here at College Manor Veterinary Hospital, we always say your pet will let you know when it’s the right time. You will tend to start to notice small things like a decrease or no appetite, depression, not interacting with the family any longer, problems breathing, issues with mobility or a change in their bathroom habits and not making it outside any longer etc. As your animal ages and you start to notice these changes, please always discuss this with your veterinarian. We are here to help you welcome your new additions into the family right through to the sad time when you need to say your goodbyes.
What drug is used?
We use a special anesthetic called Dorminal to perform this procedure, and when injected into the catheter placed in your pet’s vein, your pet will typically just go into a deep sleep and never wake up again. It is generally a very peaceful ending to what we hope has been a long and fulfilling life.
Does the clinic also provide bereavement counselling?
The veterinarians at the College Manor Veterinary Hospital are happy to provide counselling regarding your pet’s quality of life and help with end of life decisions, but we typically refer bereavement counselling to the professionals who specialize in this field. Should you be suffering from depression or require grief counselling after the loss of your animal companion, please feel free to call the clinic, and we can put you in touch with someone who can help.
Have you ever bought a plant to decorate for the holidays or dropped a vitamin accidentally? As these things do happen and can cause a potential pet poison risk, it is important to be informed as a preventative measure.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.853.4706. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up, visit our website.
Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
Your dedicated team at College Manor Veterinary Hospital