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Dog Euthanasia

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.

What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?

Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve suffering and pain. It is very hard to come to the decision of euthanizing 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 drug is used?

The drug used is called Pentobarbital, which is a type of barbiturate. Once the drug is delivered, death will come peacefully and in a matter of seconds. Normally, most pets are also given a mild sedative before the Pentobarbital. This enables the pet to be calm and sleeping for the procedure.

What’s the cost of euthanasia?

The cost can vary based on choices of aftercare. Our staff would be happy to provide you with an estimate over the phone.

Does the clinic also provide bereavement counselling?

Our team at Coxwell Animal Clinic are well trained in grief counselling. Please feel free to contact the clinic for help with this.

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