We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Facing the decision to euthanize your pet will be one of the most difficult decisions of your life. Our pets are part of our family, and it is our responsibility to care for them. With this responsibility comes the difficult decision of our pet’s quality of life and when it’s time to say goodbye. The stress associated with the different emotions of guilt and grief, as well as the uncertainty of choosing to treat an illness is tough. Although there is no easy answer, our team at Coxwell are dedicated to helping you through this difficult time.
When should I consider euthanasia?
It is very hard to come to the decision of euthanising your pet. Some pets may be suffering from an incurable disease or may become debilitated with age. If their quality of life is deteriorating to an unacceptable level, euthanasia should be considered. Remember that if you do feel your pet may be suffering, it is important to bring them to your veterinarian for evaluation. It is possible there may be treatment available. Your veterinarian will be able to discuss all options with you.
What happens during euthanasia?
For the euthanasia procedure, we will place an intravenous (IV) catheter in your cat’s arm. This is the only part of the process that may be uncomfortable, due to needle placement. For the actual procedure, it is pain-free. Once you are ready, we will give your cat sedation to keep them nice and calm and to reduce stress. This way they are calm and will not be anticipating anything. We will then give the euthanasia medication (Pentobarbital), within seconds your pet will pass away. The euthanasia medication is a type of anaesthetic drug, this way your cat will be asleep and pass away in their sleep.
Can you stay with your cat during euthanasia?
Yes, you and your family are welcome to stay with your cat during this difficult time. We will go through the whole process with you so that you are prepared for the procedure.
What is the cost of at home or clinic euthanasia?
The cost can vary based on choices of aftercare. Our staff would be happy to provide you with an estimate over the phone.
Do you offer pet bereavement support service?
Our team at Coxwell Animal Clinic are well trained in bereavement counselling. Please feel free to contact the clinic for help with this.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416.423.3042. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, & closed Saturday to Sunday
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.