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The decision to humanely end the life of a suffering pet can be a struggle.  In fact, euthanasia might be one of the most difficult choices you will ever have to make for your pet. 

When will I know it is time for euthanasia?
When a pet’s quality of life begins to decline due to a terminal illness or injury, or when a pets life is negatively impacted.  Common signs of poor quality of life include loss of appetite, lack of interest in playmates, toys and/or people, reclusive behavior, worsening pain, and depression.  In general, euthanasia is considered when there are no other options. 

Should I be present?
Many people feel it is important to be present during their pet’s euthanasia.  Many others feel unable to handle this traumatic event.  Witnessing the euthanasia of your beloved pet’s death can be painful (although it can also help allay fears that your pet suffered).  This is not a decision to be made lightly.  Most people feel that their pet’s well-being is the most important consideration.  If you chose not to be present, do not feel guilty.  Vale Park Animal Hospital’s doctors and staff are dedicated to being with your pet during his/her final moments.  If you believe your pet will feel more comfortable and secure in your presence, you will probably want to stay.  The last gift you may wish to give your pet is the sound of your kind voice and touch of your hand, either way the decision is yours.

Will it be painless?
Euthanasia is performed by administering a concentrated anesthetic solution into a vein.  This causes immediate loss of consciousness, followed within 1 – 2 minutes by death.  The process is completely painless for your pet.

What will I do with my pets remains?
Due to the emotional stress of euthanasia, it is best to have a plan prior to the procedure.  There are several options:  private burial – many people opt to bury their pets at home, although this can be difficult during the winter months, individual cremation –  Your pet will be given a metal identification tag that will stay with him or her throughout the cremation process.  Your pet will then be cremated individually and the cremains and tag will be returned to us here at the clinic in a complimentary tin. 

If desired, you may purchase an urn with or without engraving – group cremation with garden burial – If you prefer, your pet will be cremated with others, and then have their cremains interred in the Pet Rest’s Garden Cemetary.  Each garden within the cemetery is identified with a yearly marker, enabling you to locate the plot in which your pet rests.  The garden cemetery, with lake, flower gardens, and evergreens provides a serene environment where the memory of your beloved pet will live on forever.  It is meticulously maintained and open 365 days a year by appointment on a five-acre site near Ossian, about 20 miles south of Fort Wayne, IN.  If you would like additional information about services, visit:  Pet Rest, Inc.@ http://www.petrestinc.com


Support Sites for Pet Loss Grief

PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP OF INDIANA  - http://www.inpetloss.org/

C.A.R.E. - http://vetmed.illinois.edu/CARE/   217-224-2273
Companion Animal Related  Emotions Pet Loss Helpline is a confidential telephone service offered through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine (877) 394-CARE (2273)

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY – Pet loss hotline 614-292-1823

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