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Euthanizing a pet is a difficult decision. Your veterinarian is here to discuss options and assist in any way he or she can during this difficult time.


Euthanasia is commonly referred to as “putting down” or “putting to sleep”. This is an emotional and difficult decision many pet owners must make at the last stage of their pet’s life.

Why euthanasia?

Just as people age, so do their beloved pets. As much as anyone would love for their pets to be in their lives forever, there comes a time to say goodbye. Euthanasia offers a peaceful and humane option for the end of a pet's life. Based on quality of life, euthanasia may need to be considered.

When is the time right?

Knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice. There are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize a pet, and it is a personal decision that differs from pet owner to pet owner. The main concern should be about your pet’s quality of life, along with any difficulties or pain that may be associated with their health issues.

What should I expect?

The goal is for euthanasia to be as peaceful as possible for both your pet and you. Your pet’s veterinarian will discuss the process with you and answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Some pet owners choose to remain with their pet throughout the entire process and others choose to say their goodbyes beforehand. There is no right or wrong way—everyone needs to make the decision that is right for them and their pet.

How should I get more information or ask for help?

Your veterinarian is available to discuss your options. They are very familiar with the experience and are able to talk about the process and the feelings that come with it. Please make an appointment or contact the clinic for information on options, timelines and references to support you through the grieving process.