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Westbank Animal Care Hospital


Euthanizing a pet is not an easy decision. We are here to discuss options and assist in every way we can during this difficult time.


Euthanasia is commonly referred to as “putting down” or “putting to sleep”. This is a very hard decision many pet owners must make at the last stage of their pet’s life.

Why euthanasia?

Just as we all age, so do our beloved pets. As much as we would love for all of our pets to be in our lives forever, there comes a time to say goodbye. Euthanasia offers a peaceful, controlled option for the end of our pet's life. Based on your pet's quality of life, euthanasia may be something to consider.

When is the time right?

Knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice. There are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize an animal, and it is a personal issue that differs from pet owner to pet owner. Your top concern should be about your pet’s quality of life, the difficulties that come with old age, and the pain they may be suffering.

For more information, please review this document provided by The Ohio State University.

What should I expect?

We try to book our euthanasia appointments during the ‘quiet’ parts of the day or at the end of the day so that we have extra time to be with you and your pet. When you arrive at our clinic we will get you and your pet into a private room right away. A blanket will be placed on the table or on the floor, depending on the size of your pet and you will have as much time as you need to say goodbye to your beloved friend. Family and friends are welcome to accompany you to the appointment and are able to stay for the entirety of the procedure.

How should I get more information or ask for help?

Our veterinarians are available to discuss your options. They are very familiar with the experience and are able to talk about the process and the feelings that come with it. Please make an appointment or contact us for information on options, timelines, and references for support through the grieving process.

Okanagan's blog on a Pet Loss Grief Support Group