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.

euthanasia

End of Life Care

What is euthanasia?

The end of life is a difficult time for us all. You are losing a beloved family member, and we are losing a patient we have bonded with, often having known them since their puppy or kitten visits. At Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives, we see a disproportionate number of elderly and complex conditions where conversations about easing the suffering of your pet may be needed.

Our veterinarians have the responsibility of advising you and helping through a decision to humanely end the life of a seriously ill pet. Often the end of life care is provided by your conventional veterinarian. However, we do perform humane euthanasia as needed.

Euthanasia is the process of administering an overdose of a powerful anesthetic agent, so a patient loses consciousness quickly and painlessly before the heart stops, and life ceases.

Will I know when it is time to euthanize my pet?

Ultimately deciding the right time to say goodbye to your friend will be up to you. Usually, you can tell that your pet is seriously ill or is having more bad days than good. Some guidelines to consider when looking at health and quality of life are dramatic weight loss, extreme disinterest in life, loss of appetite, or consciousness, and reluctance to perform or complete avoidance of once favourite activities. Your veterinary team will help you identify if the situation can be rectified or if humane euthanasia is recommended.

What happens to my pet after the euthanasia?

Your pets remains can be cremated at a local animal crematorium after euthanasia. Some caregivers wish to have the ashes returned for private ceremonies. Our front office care team will help you pick an urn and arrange this service.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.