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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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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including Canine Rehabilitation Services, Animal Chiropractic, TCVM Consultations, Bloodwork for Referral Services, Wellness Exams, Vaccines and more!

Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday & 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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.