Gifting your best friend a peaceful passing
When facing the loss of a beloved pet, it is often a time of overwhelming emotion.
The anxiety of the unknown and the anticipatory grief can make the decision even harder. We hope to provide transparency on the euthanasia process and offer respectful options for cherishing the memory of your pet.
We hope these resources make this already difficult time a little easier so you can focus on spending quality time with your companion.
QUALITY OF LIFE AND WHEN TO SAY GOODBYE
Knowing when to say goodbye can be a daunting decision but you are not alone. Our friendly team of Veterinarians are here to help guide you through this difficult process but if you are looking for extra resources and additonal insight we have complied the below.
- How Will I Know? Assessing Quality of Life and Making Difficult Decisions for your Pet – Ohio State University
Quality of Life and When to Say Goodbye – Dr. Ashlee Albright, DVM
- Pre-Planning and pet aftercare – A guide for families – Until We Meet Again
- Euthanasia for behavioral issues: A complicated and difficult decision – Ohio State University
- Support and Loss Suggested reading list – Ohio State University
The loss of a pet, or the anticipatory grief of the loss, can sometimes be overwhelming.
Every person grieves differently and all animals play different roles in our lives so ensuring you seek and receive support right for you is essential in your journey.
We hope the below resources may provide direction, insight, and support during the grief process.
This may be your first time making the difficult decision to say goodbye to a companion and you may have many questions about what to expect. We understand asking those questions can be difficult. We hope this resource will help to relieve some of the anxiety and mystery around euthanasia and aftercare options. If you would prefer to contact us to discuss any of these options please feel free to do so at any time.
An understanding of the euthanasia process is important to determine whether you would like to be present for the procedure. We understand that this is a very personal decision and not everyone may want to be present for the entirety, portion, or at all.
When you arrive for your appointment you will be guided to our secluded grassy memorial garden by one of our caring staff members.
An intravenous catheter will be placed, usually in a forelimb. Depending on your companion’s comfort and condition we may bring them into the hospital for this to be done. A sedative is given to ensure your pet’s comfort. You may spend as little or much time as you would like with them at this time.
Once you are ready a Veterinarian will administer a drug called propofol which begins to slow the heart. They will then administer a lethal dose of the euthanasia solution via the IV catheter. The result is rapid and painless and your companion will lapse into what looks like a deep sleep ultimately resulting in the heart-stopping. The doctor will then listen to your companion’s heart to ensure death.
Sometimes after passing the body may reflex, move slightly, make noise or even draw a deep breath. These are natural and common occurrences and do not indicate pain or consciousness. Often the eyes will also remain open
If you feel that being present for any of the above may be too upsetting you may choose to not be present and leave at any point in the process or perhaps view the body after your companion has passed. We understand this is a very personal decision.
Once your pet has passed you may spend as little or as much time with them before saying goodbye.
As a pet owner, you have the special responsibility of making aftercare choices on your pet’s behalf.
Your choices may seem overwhelming and you may be looking for the perfect way to honor your companion. Below is information on Aftercare and memorial options.
At Elk Lake Veterinary hospital we use the service of Until We Meet Again, a local pet memorial center for your pets aftercare. To find out more about their services and why we chose to utilize their services read here
Your companion will be the only pet in cremation chamber enuring you receive only your pet’s ashes.
The remains will be returned in your choice of memorial product. Until We Meet Again will also provide grief resources and a certificate authenticating the cremation.
Your companion will be gently placed into the crematory together with other pets.
Your companion’s ashes will not be returned to you but they will be collected and spread on a private country meadow in the Fraser Valley.
There are memorial options, such as paw print impressions, available.
Standard Urns are included in the cost of Private Cremation. Personalization options are available at additional cost on metal urns and cedar boxes. All sizes are based on the size of your companion.
Metal Tan Urn
Metal Blue Urn
Ceramic Black Urn
Ceramic White Urn
Ceramic Pearl Urn
Cedar Wood Box
Paw Print Impressions
Clay Paw Print
Cannot be customized. Size is based on your pet. Please allow up to 1 week for delivery to our hospital.
Customized Paw Print
Available in pink, purple, teal, orange, and beige. Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery to our hospital.