We understand how difficult it can be to make the final decision for your beloved pet, and euthanasia is certainly the hardest part of what we do. That being said, we are here to help you care for them, and sometimes ending their pain and suffering is the most loving gesture that we can provide together. We feel that understanding the procedure, options, and what to expect can reduce stress for both humans and pets during this most difficult time.

The Procedure

We make every effort to ensure that you and your pet are as comfortable as possible. You are welcome and encouraged to stay with your pet and say goodbye throughout his or her passing. Of course, we understand that some are unable to do this, and that’s okay. Rest assured, we will take special care of your pet until the end. Your pet may receive two injections. The first is a pain medication and/or sedative to relieve any anxiety and discomfort. Once your pet is relaxed and you have said goodbye, we will administer the second injection to euthanize your pet.


Although it is uncommon to see this information on veterinary websites, we feel it is important to share openly the available afterlife services for your pet, especially when emotions may make it challenging to discuss. You have three options regarding your pet’s remains:

  • Take your pet home for burial
  • General cremation: You will not receive your pet’s ashes
  • Private cremation: Receive your pet’s ashes back in the urn of your choice

Pet Loss Support

Tufts University Pet Loss Support

Coping With the Loss of a Companion Animal