A Peaceful & Dignified Passage
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the most painful situations a pet owner will ever encounter. Having to decide when it is time to say goodbye can make it even more painful and difficult. For every pet, eventually all the capabilities of medical science will have been exhausted and euthanasia is the only way to prevent an animal from suffering needlessly.
Our compassionate and caring staff will help you through this difficult experience. With our hospice services, we work with you to ensure your pet’s comfort and dignity during their last days and final moments.
How Do I Know When It’s Time?
It’s a very difficult decision to euthanize your pet. Maybe you’re worried that your pet is needlessly suffering, or that you’re giving up the good fight too soon.
When will you know it’s time to say goodbye? Think of the top three things your pet loves to do such as play ball, play with other pets in the home, or walk with you around the house. Can they still do the things they love? If they are not able to do the things they love and you think it may be time to say goodbye, our doctors and staff can talk with you about the health and condition of your pet and assist you in the decision making process.
Our Hospice and Euthanasia Services
Our hospice and humane euthanasia services are conducted with respect, compassion, and care. When it is time, you and your pet will be guided into a private room, where we ensure your pet’s comfort. One of our technicians will enter the room to discuss your end-of-life wishes for pet’s remains. We ask you to sign a consent form giving permission to proceed.
Depending on your pet’s needs, a sedative may be administered by injection prior to the euthanasia. This sedative injection is painless and can help calm your pet if they are anxious or in pain.
Euthanasia is performed through an injection into a vein. Your pet will fall into a deep sleep before their heart and brain functions stop. Euthanasia allows your pet to pass away quickly and peacefully.
What Happens After My Pet Passes?
Our hospital works closely with a local crematorium – Loyal Companion Pet Cremation, located in Hanover, PA. If you want your pet to be cremated, a private and a communal cremation are available. A private cremation is defined as a pet being cremated individually using the same standards as with human cremation. Your pet’s ashes will be returned to you in an urn of your choosing.
Communal cremation is defined as multiple pets being cremated at the same time with no remains being returned to your family.
If you prefer, you always have the option of taking your pet home for burial. We provide a cardboard casket for the transport and burial of your pet.
What Happens If My Pet Passes at Home?
If your pet passes at home, the same services are available to you from Loyal Companion Crematorium. They can assist you with the transportation of your deceased pet if needed. Pets may be brought directly to their facility by appointment only. Their staff is always available and willing to answer any questions you may have in your time of need. Please call (717)-698-1970 to learn more about their services.
Pet Grief Resources
If you need someone to talk to, the ASPCA has a Pet Loss Support Hotline. Staffed by other caring pet owners, you’ll find a kind ear who will listen compassionately. 1-877-474-3310.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine also has a support hotline. To find out more, visit their website or call 1-607-253-3932