When the time comes to say goodbye
How to know if it is the time to say farewell to a beloved pet
- You are the one who knows your pet the best. Have any of their usual habits changed? Does your pet still enjoy the same activities that he did before (play with favourite toys, go for walks with you, sleep in a favourite sunny spot)? Does she seem uncomfortable or sore when she walks around? Is her quality of life affected?
- Discuss your concerns with your veterinarian. Your vet can give counsel and help you reach the best decision for your family.
- Talk it over with your family and friends. An objective opinion from someone who knows your pet can help you see things from a different point of view.
Before the appointment
- Call us to schedule an appointment so that we can reserve the family room for you.
- You may choose to be present or not for the procedure, feel free to choose what is most appropriate for you and your family. Trust that whatever you choose will be the right decision.
- If you cannot be present, and the computer file is under your name, we ask that you give a signed authorization letter to the person who will bring your pet to the hospital, indicating that you allow this person to represent you in your absence.
- Explain the reasons for your decision to your children. Use plain words that are easy to understand and that explain the true nature of events. Understand that some children may have difficulty understanding why their companion is not coming back if they are “gone to Heaven” or why they don’t wake up after “going to sleep”.
- A few different options of afterlife arrangements are available to choose from. The communal (group) cremation is for those pet owners who do not want to keep their pet cremains (ashes) but who wish to offer their pet a respectful end of life. It is also possible to keep your pet’s ashes in an individual urn of your choosing. Visit the website of Crémanimo to learn more about the options available.
- Take all the time you need to say a final farewell to your companion. Spend some time together and create loving memories. If you do not feel ready, or if you change your mind, do not hesitate to contact us to cancel your appointment.
- Please feel free to let us know of any questions or concerns you may have. Our team is here for you.
During the appointment
- Upon your arrival, a member of our team will welcome you and present an authorization form for your signature. You may prefer to pay for the procedure at this time, allowing your family to leave afterwards without worry.
- If you cannot be present, and the computer file is under your name, we ask that you give a signed authorization letter to the person who will bring your pet to the hospital, indicating that you allow this person to represent you in your absence. Should you choose not to be present, the procedure will take place immediately once you have left.
- Once in the family room, if you feel that you need more time before we proceed, please feel free to let us know. Our team members will return when you are ready.
- The procedure involves a two-stage process. The first stage begins with an injection of a sedative and your pet will fall into a deep sleep. This injection may sting a little bit, but the sensation is soon dissipated. During this stage, it is normal that your pet’s eyes remain open, and some trembling or vomiting may occur. Our team is always available to step in should you have any concerns.
- The next stage involves an overdose of an anesthetic agent given intravenously. At this point your pet is heavily sedated and will drift away peacefully. The effect is very quick.
- Once the injection completed, the veterinarian will use a stethoscope to confirm that your pet has passed away. It is common for the eyes to remain open or to see involuntary chest movements as the muscles relax.
After the appointment
- Take all the time you need to say a final farewell to your beloved pet. Feel free to leave whenever you are ready, a member of our team will step in right away to take care of your pet.
- It is normal to feel great sadness and loss following the death of a cherished companion. Ask a friend to accompany you home if necessary.
- If you feel the need to talk, confide in a friend or loved one to help you through this difficult period. You may also contact France Carlos, a professional grief counselor specializing in pet loss..
- Mourning the loss of a beloved pet may take weeks, or it may take longer. Take comfort in knowing that slowly your sadness will be replaced by memories of the happy times you shared with your loving companion.