Euthanasia Services for Pets

The end of a pet’s life is one of the most difficult and emotional responsibilities associated with pet ownership. Whether the animal dies of old age, an illness or an accident it’s never easy to let them go. Euthanasia is a humane act to protect your pet from long-term suffering. However, it is not a simple decision to make. We understand that, after years of being part of your family, losing a pet creates a heart-wrenching gap in your life. The grief can feel overwhelming. That’s why it is important to think about how you want to deal with your pet’s passing before the time arrives. Our veterinarians can guide you through the process and will support you from the beginning to the end. Call us 780.444.1324 when you’re ready to discuss your options.

When do we know a pet needs to be euthanized?

Many pet owners face the difficult decision of euthanasia when their pet is experiencing chronic pain or is terminally ill. Our veterinarians can help you understand what the animal is experiencing and may suggest euthanizing them in the near future. You can best asses your pet’s quality of life and we will never force you to opt for this option if you are not comfortable. The decision will always be up to you. After it’s been confirmed your pet is not feeling well, pay attention to their behaviour at home. If they cannot eat, have great difficulty moving it or seem disinterested in the family’s usual activities, we may recommend helping them cross the rainbow bridge through euthanasia.

What happens when a pet is euthanized?

Euthanasia is a painless process. Our veterinarians may use a sedative to calm your pet if they are nervous. This will cause them to lose consciousness or be very relaxed. Afterwards, we make an intravenous injection of euthanasia. The drug takes effect quickly. Your pet will stop breathing and their heart will slow down until it stops beating. We encourage pet parents to soothe their pet during the process. Direct eye contact and soft touches are ideal for their final moments.

What happens after they’re euthanized?

How we move forward with their body is up to the pet parent. In addition to choosing when to euthanize your pet, you will also need to choose what to do with their remains. First, you will decide if you want them buried or cremated. If you want to memorialize their life you can have them laid to rest in a special place. You can spread their ashes in their favourite park or beach. Of course, we understand how difficult it is to make decisions when you are mourning. Our veterinarians can take care of any arrangements related to disposing of their body but will need to know what you want. If possible, please do not leave these important decisions to the last moment. You can always change your mind if something doesn’t feel right at the time.

Date: Sept 17, 2021

Dear valued clients,

As you are aware, our region is seeing increased cases of COVID-19, and as a result more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government.

To ensure that we follow these new controls, our veterinary practice is returning to limited clinic access as well as drop off appointments with communications being over the phone or through a protective shield.

The details of this protocol are outlined below:

1. Clients are allowed only in the reception area, limited to 3 clients in at once, and 1 client in our cubicle. No clients will be allowed in the exam rooms with their pet at this time unless under special circumstances.

2. Pets MUST be in a carrier or in a proper fitting harness and leash. Aggressive dogs must arrived with a proper fitting muzzle. If you do not have any of these please ask for them.

3. You must remain in your vehicle, or at least 6 feet away from our doors, while we treat your pet unless instructed otherwise.

4. You must have a phone with you at your appointment so that we can contact you about your pet. If we cannot contact you and obtain consent to treat your pet, your appointment will be delayed, which will delay others.

5. Unfortunately, only 1 person will be allowed in the exam room for attended euthanasias.

6. Please allow up to 72 hours for your medications to be refilled, as well as messages to be returned by your veterinarian.

7. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, we won't know that until you come to the front desk to inform us. It is standard that our staff members ask everyone to wear a mask. Please do not be offended by this. We will find another way to accommodate you and your pet.

Our number one priority is client and staff safety while your pet continues to receive the care they deserve.

With this system, we hope to provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members.

With that in mind we thank you for your kindness and patience with us in advance as these circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as new information is released. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team.

Together we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 780-444-1324.

Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you might experience when reaching out to us.

- The Team at Parkwest Pet Clinic.