Making the decision to euthanize your pet can feel gut-wrenching and immoral. Owners hate the feeling that they are letting their pet down. However, euthanasia is a gift, especially when used appropriately and timely to prevent further pain and suffering for your pet and the family members. Making this decision is never easy, but our team is here to help and support you through this difficult time.
What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?
Euthanasia means “good death”. Intravenous injection of pentobarbital is considered the most painless, quick, and kind method of euthanizing animals. As veterinarians, our job is to assist you in euthanasia decision-making. If you’re not sure if your pet is ready to be euthanized, a Quality of Life consultation along with a vet can help you get the answers you need from a medical perspective. Please call us at 204.489.9111 to schedule an appointment.
How is the euthanasia drug administered?
The veterinarian may choose to administer a sedative if your pet is frightened or cannot relax. The injection may sting a little bit and the drug may have side effects. If your pet is very sick, has trouble breathing, or is already calmed, then they may not need it. We use phenobarbital as a euthanasia drug, a seizure medication. In a large dose through an intravenous catheter administration, the drug will render the pet unconscious and will shut down heart and brain functions within one or two minutes.
What is the cost of pet euthanasia?
The cost of pet euthanasia varies according to cremation options. Please call us to discuss different options and pricing with one of our team members.