With compassion, pet euthanasia offers a tender farewell, bringing relief from pain and discomfort.

Sadly there comes a time in every pet’s life 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 cat 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. If you feel the time has come to say goodbye to your loyal companion, please call us at 905-853-4706 and one of our wonderful staff would be happy to discuss the options available to you as you make your pets final resting arrangements.

When should I consider euthanasia?

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 happens during euthanasia?

Here at 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.

Can you stay with your cat during euthanasia?

Each euthanasia is an individual process and all families have their own preferences on how they would like it carried out. Some of our clients find it too difficult to stay with their pet while the procedure is performed and may leave after we administer the sedation. Others need to be there until their pet has crossed over The Rainbow Bridge and we are more than happy to accommodate each individual request. Please call the clinic to discuss your pet’s individual needs and one of our receptionists will be happy to explain all of your options and help you decide what is best for you and your faithful companion.

Do you offer pet bereavement support service?

The Veterinarians at The College Manor Veterinary Hospital are happy to provide counselling in regard to 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.

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