Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Dog Euthanasia

Saying goodbye is the hardest part of owning a pet. Thankfully, we have the option to end their suffering in a humane manner when the time is right.

What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?

Euthanasia is the administration of a drug that will end your dog’s life. We understand that this decision is a very difficult one and should not be done lightly. Knowing the right time is the hardest of all. Try to remember all of the things that your dog loves to do; going for walks, getting treats, greeting you at the front door are some examples. Is your dog still getting enjoyment out of those things? Are the good days outnumbering the bad days? Is your dog in a lot of pain? Those are the questions to ask yourself while you are preparing for this hard decision. Many times, your dog will help you make the decision by showing you that he or she is no longer getting enjoyment out of the things they have previously enjoyed.

Can I say goodbye to my pet in the comfort of our home?

Yes. We can perform euthanasia at home or in another one of your dog’s favourite places. Usually, a doctor and technician would come as a team to perform the procedure. Please contact the clinic to find out if this option is available for you and your pet.

How is the euthanasia drug administered?

The drug is given intravenously (in the vein) through a port in an intravenous catheter that is usually placed in the front leg. This allows the actual injection to be pain-free and your dog to be in a comfortable position, for example on your lap or laying with you on the floor.

What is the cost of pet euthanasia?

If this is what you have determined is the best thing for your dog, please call our office, and we can go through the cost of the procedure with you. The cost varies greatly depending on your wishes. You may choose to bury your dog at home depending on local laws or have your dog cremated and may want to have their ashes returned to you. Many options are available for a memorial for your beloved pet.

Does your clinic provide bereavement counselling?

Our sensitive and compassionate staff can provide you with the contact information for formal counselling if requested to help support you throughout the grieving process. We also provide a storybook that has information on how to discuss pet loss with children. Please do not hesitate to ask us for more information.

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Last updated: September 14, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

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

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic