Euthanasia & Cremation

Euthanasia & Cremation

HVC is here to support you through all the stages of your pet’s life, even the tough ones.  Making an end of life choice for a beloved pet is often a difficult and emotional time for families. It is our goal to make these visits as stress free as possible, for both our patients and their owners. Knowing what to expect prior to your appointment can help. Here are some of the most common questions we are asked.

How will I know it’s time?

Rushing or prolonging such a difficult decision can leave owners with a sense of guilt. Our focus is always on quality of life, not quantity. Ask yourself, “Is my pet able to enjoy the basics of life (eating/drinking, comfortable mobility, restful periods of sleep)?” You know your pet best, and we trust that you will know when it is time to say goodbye.

Does it hurt?

The euthanasia procedure is a series of two injections. The first is an injection of a sedative, administered into the muscle. This injection can sting briefly while it is being administered, but the sensation subsides quickly. The injection relaxes your pet over the course of 5-10 minutes, inducing a light plane of anesthesia. The last thing your beloved pet will know is being with you while falling asleep. The second injection is administered into the vein. It is an overdose of anesthetic which stops the patient’s heart.

Can a veterinarian come to my home for this visit?

In most cases, yes. These visits do need to be scheduled in advance to ensure that we have staff available to travel to you. If your pet is in crisis and needs to be euthanized, you will need to transport them to us.

Please note that due to COVID-19, we do have current restrictions on house call euthanasia services. Please contact us for further details at this time.

What will happen to my pet’s remains?

You have numerous options regarding your pet’s remains. You may choose to have:

  • A home burial
  • A communal cremation (if you opt not to have your pet’s ashes returned)
  • A private cremation (your pet will be cremated individually and thor ashes will be returned to you)

Cremation services are provided by Veterinary Support Services, a Maine-owned, family-operated business with over 25 years’ experience. They also offer a variety of urns to hold your pet’s remains.

We offer a complimentary Pawprint Keepsake to all our clients saying goodbye to their beloved pets. This clay heart memento includes an impression of your pet’s paw and their name. Never hesitate to contact the office with any questions you may have.  We are here to help.