End of Life Services

Knowing when an animal would benefit the most from a humane euthanasia is never easy. Our doctors are here to help answer the question

IS IT TIME?

An appointment allows the doctor to see the mental and physical state your pet is in to make the suggestion accurately. Do understand that you are not forced to make any decisions on the spot. For many of us, we need time to think things over, and that’s okay.

We love your pets as much as you do, and euthanasias are never easy. But we’re here to help you make that call and keep the process as calm and easy as possible. Berthoud Animal Hospital mainly performs euthanasias in clinic. Here is what you can expect when it comes time:

Comfort Room

You and your pet will be roomed into our “Comfort Room” to reduce stress for you and your pet.

Paperwork & Process

Someone will be in shortly to go over paperwork and to discuss euthanasia and body care options. We hate to discuss money, especially at a time like this, so we try to make payment as easy as possible for you. If you’d like, they can take your card and process the payment for you or payment can be performed afterwards. We will accommodate to whatever you need during this time. After the paperwork, a technician will be in to go over the process with you. For some, this may be your first euthanasia, and we do not want to keep you in the dark. And for others, you are far too familiar with the process. Either way, we are here to make this as easy as possible.

During a euthanasia, you are able to decide what you would prefer to be done with your pet’s body. In all cases, we will treat their body with respect and do with it what you wish. For many people, home burial is very important. For others, private cremation is the best option. In this case, owners will receive their pet’s ashes back. And for some, they wish for us to discard of the body for them. In this case, we utilize a company that will cremate your pet with others and scatter their ashes on their property, but there is still a fee for this. If you’d like to use a separate company for your pet’s body care, let your receptionist or technician know and they will accommodate.

Private/Group Cremations: We use Precious Memories for cremation. Private cremations are a process in which your pet’s body will be transferred to Precious Memories facility and cremated privately. Their ashes will be returned to us and available for pick up within a couple weeks. The price of Private Cremation will depend on the weight of your pet. (Prices begin at $120) Group Cremation is also performed by Precious Memories, but your pet will be cremated with other pets and you will not receive their ashes back. The price of group cremation will also depend on your pet’s weight. (Prices begin at $70)

Home Burials: There is no charge for you taking your pet home for burial, you will only be charged for the euthanasia fee. We have donated blankets if you’d wish to respectfully cover their body during transit.

Claw Paw Prints: Every euthanasia fee includes 1 claw paw print, which takes an impression of your pet’s paw in clay. Any additional paw print is $15. We do not bake your pet’s paw print for you, in case there is any changes you would like to make to the clay. Baking instructions will be including in the container of their paw print. We also have small hair jar memorabilia and ink nose/paw prints available upon request.

Sedation

Your technician will bring in your pet’s sedation. We sedate your pet prior to euthanasia to decrease stress. In this way, they will be unaware of any needles and will know that they are taking a great nap surrounded with the people they love. This sedation commonly take 10-15 minutes to take full effect and will bring your pet into a deep and comfortable sleep. Some pets may pass with only the sedation; and that’s okay. This just means that they were ready to go.

Goodbyes

When your pet is fully sedated, your technician will return with the materials needed to place an intravenous catheter. This will allow your veterinarian access to your pet’s blood supply. With the sedation, your pet will be unable to feel any needles. Your technician will use a sterile flush to ensure the IV catheter is in place. It is important to remember that with the sedation and possible declined health of your pet, it is may be difficult to place an IV catheter. Commonly their blood pressure is not the greatest and may either take a few tries or an alternative option such as a butterfly catheter. Your technician and veterinarian will discuss if they’re having any difficulty and explain what they are doing throughout the process. Once the catheter is placed, your technician will ask you if you’d like more time to spend with your pet or if you’d like the doctor to come in and give your pet the final injection. Remember, you are more than welcome to spend as much time with your pet as you wish. We understand how difficult this may be, and want you to have the best possible experience considering the circumstances.

Remembered

After you have left the comfort room, we request that you turn off the lights and close the door to allow your pet privacy. Your technician will return to the room after you have left and respectfully cover your pet’s body with a soft blanket. If you would like a paw print, ink print, or hair memorabilia, this is the time your technician will do so. After that, we contact Precious Memories and they will transfer your pet to their facilities for cremation, if you have requested it. If you would like your clay paw print before leaving the building (as we usually have them picked up with your pet’s ashes) just let your technician know and we will accommodate.

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