Pet Euthanasia

Nothing about euthanizing a pet is easy. We realize this, and know that your pet is part of your family. Our veterinarians and team members are available to talk to you and help decide when it may be time to escort your feathered, furred, or scaled family member to the Rainbow Bridge. Sometimes, choosing a gentle and humane way to say goodbye is the last gift we can offer our pets.

Is It Time?

When your pet is no longer themselves, when they are no longer able to move comfortably, or when there is more unhappiness in your pet's life than happiness, it may be time to consider euthanasia. Euthanasia may also be a valid option if your pet is terminally ill, critically injured, or when the emotional or financial price of treatment is out of reach.

Animal Hospital in Elmwood Park helps make the difficult decisions

How Do I Tell My Kids?

Your children have a unique bond with their pets.  And they probably already know that their special buddy is sick.  Instead of excluding children from the euthanasia process, it’s usually best to answer their questions honestly and simply.  Often drawing pictures or writing in a journal is a helpful way for kids to process their emotions. The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst is an excellent children’s book that tells the story of a family whose kitty passes away.  Many families find it a useful resource.

Remembering Your Pet

The lifespan of a pet is much shorter than that of people.  Death is part of the lifecycle, and is unavoidable, but should be treated with compassion and understanding.  Recall the happiness your pet brought you.  It’s ok to grieve.  You may choose to plant a tree or flowers in your pet’s memory, or in some way have a memorial in their memory.