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For us here at Champlain Animal Hospital, our pets are more than just loyal companions, they really are members of our family. We understand the impossible position that you now find yourself in as your pet enters the ending of their life. Please rest assured that our team will be with you every step of the way. Do not think twice about reaching out to us with any of your questions about our euthanasia services.

When is the right time for euthanasia?

The choice will always be up to you and your loved ones. Your veterinarian will explain to you all of the options that you have at hand, and if euthanasia is a viable one for your pet’s case.

When is pet euthanasia usually recommended?

Usually, a discussion about euthanasia may take place if your pet is suffering from a terminal illness or chronic pain that is no longer responsive to treatment. If your pet, for example, no longer has control of their bodily functions, or can no longer eat, drink or move around properly, it may be time to consider euthanasia.

What happens during a pet euthanasia? Is it painful?

The process is 100% pain-free for your pet. They will feel like they are falling to sleep. The euthanasia drug is administered via injection. Once your pet has been injected they will gradually lose consciousness. Then, the medication will cause their organs to fail.

Can I stay with my pet during their euthanasia?

Absolutely. You can stay with your pet throughout the entire procedure, so that you can properly say your goodbyes. During this current pandemic situation, we ask that you please wear a face mask while inside our hospital.


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