There is nothing more difficult than preparing to lose a beloved member of your family. Regardless of if this is a decision you’ve been contemplating for a while or you’re suddenly needing to say goodbye to your cat or dog, we empathize with you. Our veterinary team will not only ensure your dog’s/cat’s life ends peacefully but with dignity.
How is the procedure performed?
Euthanasia involves a two-step process. First, we administer a sedative that allows your dog or cat to relax. Once we’re sure they’re in a relaxed state, we administer the fast-acting euthanasia medication that only takes a few moments to stop their brain and lungs. At this point, your dog/cat has peacefully passed away. The procedure ensures they don’t feel any pain or discomfort in their final moments, since they become unconscious almost instantaneously. The only sensation they could feel is the prick of the injection from the euthanasia medication. If you have questions about the euthanasia process, please contact us at 416-928-6761.
How can I prepare my dog/cat for the procedure?
The most important thing you can do to prepare your dog/cat for the procedure is to spend as much quality time with them as possible. Though your dog/cat won’t remember their final days, you and your loved ones will. You should prioritize engaging in activities your dog/cat enjoys and capturing these treasured memories. You could also consider memorializing them in some way, whether that’s saving a lock of their fur or getting an imprint of their paw. It’s equally important to ensure every member of your family is aware of the euthanasia procedure, including children. There are books and videos available to support you in explaining loss in a way that is gentle and age appropriate.
Do you perform at-home euthanasia?
This is not something we regularly do. However, if you would like a veterinarian to come to your home, we can suggest a reputable veterinarian who can accommodate your request. If you'd like to perform the procedure at our clinic, you can decide if you’d like to be present. We’ll also support you with options for dealing with your dog or cat’s remains.