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Euthanasia Services for Pets

Our veterinary team offers our deepest sympathies as you consider ending your pet’s life. We know this is not an easy decision to make, as you consider what’s best for your pet and family. If you are struggling to make this decision or need support processing all the information you’ve been given, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to extend any support we can.

How do I know if ending my pet’s life is the right decision?

Ultimately, only you and your family know what’s best for your pet. It’s important that you take whatever time you need to process your feelings, as well as what the loss of your pet will mean for your family. Before you make your final decision, our veterinary team will consult with you about your pet’s medical issues, like if extreme pain or chronic illness is impacting their quality of life. Choosing to allow your pet to transition peacefully might be the best option to ensure the last days of their life aren’t filled with anguish.

What happens during the process?

Before we carry out the procedure, we will share details about what you can expect so you can prepare your family and pet. During the days leading up to the procedure, it’s important for your loved ones to prioritize spending as much time with your furry family member as possible. It might be helpful to bring a favourite toy or blanket to the clinic on the day of the procedure so your pet can feel comfortable. The medicine we use ends your pet’s life almost instantaneously to ensure they feel as little discomfort as possible. It’s usually given intravenously, stopping their heart and brain in minutes. You’re welcome to use our grieving room if you need to.

How can I honour my pet’s life?

Before you peacefully end your pet’s life, make arrangements with your family and loved ones to say their goodbyes. It’s normal if this is difficult. Losing a family member is never easy. Your emotions are valid and our team can provide additional support/resources if you need them. Our veterinary team also offers cremation services if you choose to cremate your pet. If you have questions about the process, please connect with our team at 403.337.3221 .

Last updated: July 27, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.
  • 3. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Carstairs Veterinary Clinic