How do I know it’s time to euthanize my pet?  This question is something I get weekly and is the most difficult question to answer.

So many of us have been faced with this decision when it comes to our beloved pet.  And if you are like me, you had or have a plan A, B, C, D, E….  There are just so many “what ifs”.  What if he/she is hurting, what if he/she passes away while I’m at work, what if he/she passes at night?  How do I know what to do or who to call?

It sounds so cliché but “they will tell you when”…you  just have to listen.  I am not a veterinarian or pretend to be one, although being a daughter of a vet many people believe this qualifies me!  lol  But I do believe that if your pet is wagging his/her tail, eating, able to potty regulary/normally and in no horrible physical pain, then they are not ready. Has their quality of life decreased significantly and you are now hanging onto them for “You” and not for their “physical well being”?  Then it’s time.

There is a great pamphlet put out by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) on “Pet Euthanasia”.  The information in this brochure really gives some great insight on when and what to do when it comes to this difficult time.  Questions answered like:

How do I know it's time to euthanize my pet

– When do I know?

– Will euthanasia be painful?

– What to expect

– And even remembering your pet and planning for Aftercare and Memorialization



And remember…we are here for you too.

If there you need to pre-plan for Aftercare Services, specialty urns/memorials or just to talk; please let us know.  We also work with two very wonderful companies who will help you and your family for a Peaceful Passing at Home.  This is an at home service, where the veterinarian comes to you and performs the euthanasia in the comfort of your own home.  Your pet is then brought to our facility to carry out your wishes of cremation services.  Currently, we work with:

*Compassionate Hands Veterinary Services

Dr. Katrina Stanchev  & RVT: Rebecca Zayha



*Lap of Love

Dr. Amanda Page



Let us know how we can help.

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