Losing a pet is a delicate situation, and we understand the difficulty in having to make that final decision. Our veterinarians are skilled in assessing pain management and do not recommend euthanasia casually. We also make certain that the process of putting your pet to sleep is carried out in a delicate and humane manner.
When being euthanized, pet owners are welcome to be in the room as their pet passes. Your veterinarian will first sedate your pet to reduce anxiety and ease discomfort. The final injection is a chemical that acts like an overdose of anesthesia, allowing your pet to pass comfortably.
While the decision to euthanize is heart-wrenching, it is important for a pet owner to consider the pet’s quality of life. In circumstances where putting your pet to sleep offers them relief from physical pain and suffering, providing this last medical support can be the best decision you can make for your pet.
Common reasons for euthanasia:
Terminal illness such as cancer.
Age related disease or mobility issues that cannot be repaired.
Traumatic or life threatening injury
- Behavioral problems, namely aggression, which cannot be corrected.
What happens after euthanasia?
After putting your pet to sleep, you can decide to take your pet home with you or have your pet cremated. Because saying goodbye is difficult, we recommend having after death plans arranged prior to your visit for euthanasia. No matter what you decide to do, don’t feel pressured to choose one option or another; choose the option that is best for you. Some pet owners feel that an urn with their pet’s remains helps the grieving process. Others think taking their pet home to bury them in their own yard is easier for them emotionally. Because your pet has peacefully passed, it is now your decision to do what is best for you.
The bereavement process is different for every pet owner. Some only take a couple days for mourning while others take months. It is completely normal to mourn the loss of your pet, and you should never feel obligated to put a time limit on what is the “right” amount of time.
If you have any questions about the process of putting a pet to sleep, or want to schedule an appointment to see if it would be beneficial for your pet’s condition, contact our office at your convenience.
We at Woodinville Veterinary Hospital know how difficult it is to go through the loss of a beloved family member. One thing we can help with is your decision as to where the procedure will take place. Our Doctor's offer in-home euthanasia for our clients. For the comfort and ease of the pet and the pet owner, there is no better place to say goodbye than in your own home.
What to Expect
If you request in-home euthanasia, we will try to coordinate a time block that does not cause undue suffering for your pet. If the procedure is needed urgently, you can schedule to bring your pet into the clinic or we can refer you to other colleagues that may have availability to address your needs sooner.
Commemorating Your Pet
To help the grieving process, you may want to plan a memorial service or plant a tree in the pet's memory or have something created in your pets memory.
Pet Loss Support
If you or a family member needs grief support, the following organizations may help. The Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support offers a group of students who have been trained in grief counseling by a licensed therapist.
Seattle Humane Society
The Seattle Humane Society's weekly Pet Loss Support sessions offer support and resources to help with the loss of a pet. Pet Loss Support meets every Saturday at 10:00 am. No fee is required and you are free to attend as often as necessary throughout your grief process. Pet Loss Support meets on the second floor of the administration building at the Seattle Humane Society.