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Euthanasia Services for Pets

We extend our deepest sympathies as you consider the decision to euthanize your pet. The decision to euthanize your beloved pet can be a difficult one, so we want to offer our support as you consider your options. Euthanasia is one of the most kind, humane and loving decisions you can make to peacefully help them transition if their quality of life is compromised.

When is the right time to euthanize my pet?

The right time is whenever you have come to a decision that’s beneficial for your family and pet. Our veterinary team can provide sound medical advice, based on your pet’s health. We will help support your decision. Especially if your pet is suffering, euthanasia might be the best option to free them from any chronic pain they are experiencing, due to aging, injury or a medical condition. Some pets might mask their pain or discomfort, making it difficult to spot when they’re not feeling their best. You might notice changes in your pet’s:

  • Appetite
  • Attitude
  • Alertness
  • Bowel or bladder movements
  • Sleep patterns
  • Grooming habits

    What should I expect during the procedure?

    Before your pet is euthanized, our veterinary team will walk through the procedure so you’re aware of all the options to support your pet and family during this time. You’re can decide whether or not you’d like to be present during the procedure, where it should take place and how your pet’s remains should be taken care of. During the procedure, we give your pet a strong sedative, followed by an IV injection with medication that instantaneously stops their heart, breathing and brain activity. This medication works quickly, only taking a few seconds.

    What happens next?

    After the procedure, paw impressions can be made of your pet. Pet Heaven Crematorium and Funeral Chapel can either communally or privately cremate your pet, depending on whether or not you’d like their ashes. We want to emphasise how different the grieving process is for everyone. Some people take a shorter or longer time to recover, depending on how they’re able to process and cope with their emotions. If you’re having a difficult time dealing with the loss of your pet, please contact us at 403.934.3311 so we can discuss support like leaning on family members, books or pet loss support hotlines.

  • Last updated: September 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Strathmore Veterinary Clinic