Our veterinarians are well-trained medical professionals who have dedicated their lives to diagnosing and treating sick animals.
They also understand the delicate balance between extending an animal’s life and prolonging their suffering.
Just as we all age, so do our beloved pets.
As much as we want our pets to live forever, there inevitably comes a time to say goodbye.
Pet Euthansia and End of Life Care FAQ
Because we know this is an important time for you and your pet, Palo Verde Pet Clinic offers a comfort room with specialized features to make this appointment as comfortable as possible for your family.
Our end of life process is designed to be as peaceful as possible. Once you and the doctor have determined this is the best choice for all involved, an intravenous catheter will be placed. This allows for easier access to the vein and makes the injection process quick and painless for your pet.
Next, your pet will be sedated to make the euthanasia process as quiet and painfree as possible. This drug relaxes your pet and leaves them deeply sedated. During the time it takes to reach this state, you and your family may stay with your pet and take the time you need to say goodbye.
You may choose to leave the room at this point, taking comfort in knowing your pet will leave this world calm and pain-free, or you may choose to stay while the veterinarian takes the step to administer the final medication and confirms that your pet has peacefully passed.
When the euthanasia solution is injected into a pet’s vein, it rapidly travels throughout the body. Within seconds, the animal will become unconscious, experiencing no pain or suffering. Typically, a peaceful death occurs within 30 seconds of intravenous administration.
Dealing with the end of a beloved pet’s life is never easy. We try to make the process less difficult by offering cremation services as a way to memorialize and honor the life of your pet.
The cremation company we use has an impeccable reputation. When your pet’s body leaves our facility, be assured they will be treated with dignity and returned to you in the same manor. Cremation and the return of your pet’s ashes typically takes several weeks. Cremated remains can be buried, kept in an urn or commemorated in jewelry or other keepsake items.