All of our team members here at AEC know the heartbreak of losing a cherished pet. It’s a reality most of us pet parents will have to experience at one point or another. When your pet is nearing the end of their time with you, euthanasia is one of the last acts of love you can provide for them.
Please do not hesitate to call us at 905-576-3031 if you wish to learn more about euthanasia and our end-of-life services.
Should I stay with my pet during euthanasia?
The choice is entirely up to you. For some clients, witnessing the end of their pet’s life is too painful to bear. They prefer to remember their pets as living and breathing creatures. We are honoured to take care of our patients in these instances. For others, being there to comfort their pet, until their very last moments of life is more of a priority. We will respect and support you in your decision either way. We have a private and quiet area in our hospital where we perform the procedure. You will have as much time as you need to say your goodbyes.
Do pets feel euthanasia?
Please know that the procedure is 100% pain free. We administer the euthanasia drug via IV and it makes your pet fall into a peaceful sleep. Once they are unconscious and without any physical sensations, the drug will cause their organs to shut down. The process is over in a matter of minutes.
How can I comfort my pet during euthanasia?
We often recommend clients bring their pet’s favourite toys, blankets and other items to the clinic. (This will add great comfort, especially if you choose not to be present in the room during the procedure.)
How can I prepare my family for the loss of a pet?
Everyone deals with grief and loss in their own way. There is no right or concrete way to go about this process. We found the following general points have been of great help for our clients through the years.
- Let your loved ones know about the situation so they can say their goodbyes.
- Spend time with your pet and make the most of your final days with them.
- Don’t hesitate to talk with our team, your vet and others who have gone through the same experience. We can also connect you with mental health professionals who deal exclusively with pet loss.
- Put together a memory box, short poem or photo album of your cherished memories with your pet. This can be done on your own, or with your loved ones as a way to celebrate your pet’s life.