Compassionate End-of-Life Care From Countryside Veterinary Hospital

Despite all best efforts, there are times when our pets can’t recover from illness and are suffering. As pet parents, we want to do what we’ve always done—provide the best care possible for our pet. And sometimes that is to ensure a compassionate end of life. Euthanasia provides a painless, peaceful end for a pet that would otherwise continue to suffer.

Countryside Veterinary Hospital provides compassionate and respectful end-of-life care. We will help you to determine when the time is right for euthanasia, manage any pain, and provide a peaceful passing for your pet. We offer a dedicated room for end-of-life care.

Read answers to commonly asked questions about pet euthanasia.

Supporting you and ensuring a peaceful end-of-life experience for your pet is part of the compassionate veterinary medicine we provide.

The Humane Society offers advice on coping with the death of your pet. If you require additional support or have questions, the ASPCA has a helpful Pet Loss Hotline at 877-474-3310.

My pet uses chew toys—don’t they clean the teeth?

A: Many chew toys are good for removing tartar or massaging the gums, but that does not address periodontal disease.

How will I know when it is time to euthanize my pet?

We can help you to determine when the time is right to euthanize. Information from medical tests can be more revealing than what you can observe. Also, there is a natural tendency sometimes to delay, anticipating our grief. Sometimes it’s hard for us to acknowledge our pet’s distress and let go.

How can I minimize stress for my pet during the procedure?

We encourage you to bring familiar objects to our offices (favorite toys, blankets, etc.). Your pet will be comforted by familiar smells. Multiple family members are permitted. We invite you also to hold and comfort your pet. If going to the vet has always been stressful for your pet, we can also prescribe oral sedation to be administered at home.

What happens during euthanasia?

We will first sedate your pet, so that he or she is calm during the injection of the euthanasia solution. Usually within 6 to 12 seconds after the solution is injected, the pet will take a slightly deeper breath and lapse into what looks like a deep sleep. The pet will be completely unconscious, but may take a few more breaths before he or she passes. Under our care, animals will have no awareness, since it is like undergoing general anesthesia for a surgical procedure and lasts only 10 to 20 seconds.

Can I be with my pet during the procedure? Should I?

Yes, you can remain with your pet during the euthanasia. Deciding to be present for your pet’s final moments is a personal choice. We recommend you consider what is less stressful for you and your pet. Some owners leave after sedation, others stay throughout, some remain in the waiting room. We can counsel you through the options.

What happens with my pet remains?

We will carry your pet to your car or make necessary arrangements, including cremation.

PetMD provides an excellent article on what to expect when a pet is euthanized.