Owner Requested Euthanasia and Private Cremation
We strive to provide our pets with long, comfortable, happy lives. However, the time may come when you face the difficult decision to have your pet humanely euthanized, either due to health or behavioral issues. This is a serious decision and one that should be made with great consideration.
When that time comes, our compassionate staff is here to assist you. Members of our staff are state-certified in humane euthanasia. We make every effort to ensure your pet passes comfortably and peacefully.
Should you wish, we offer a variety of options for private cremation services. Contact our office for more information, 305-294-4857.
How will I know when the time is right?
If your pet is sick or injured, you should consult your veterinarian for advice. If your pet can no longer experience the things it once enjoyed, cannot respond to you in its usual ways, or appears to be experiencing more pain than pleasure, you may need to consider euthanasia. Likewise, if your pet is terminally ill or critically injured, or if the financial or emotional cost of treatment is beyond your means, euthanasia may be a valid option.
What if the animal is healthy?
Euthanasia might be necessary if a pet has become vicious, dangerous, or unmanageable. Some undesirable and abnormal behavior can be changed, so it is important to discuss these situations with your veterinarian or behaviorist.
Coping With Grief
When you lose a pet, you lose a friend and a family member. After your pet has died, it is normal to feel grief and sorrow. The grief process is as individual as the person, lasting days for one person or years for another. While grief is a personal experience, you need not face loss alone. Many forms of support are available, including pet bereavement counseling services, pet-loss support hotlines, online Internet bereavement groups, books, videos, and magazine articles.
Should I get another pet?
The death of a pet can upset you emotionally, especially when euthanasia is involved. Just as grief is a personal experience, so is the decision on whether or not to bring a new pet into your life. Some people may feel they would never want another pet. For others, a new pet may help them recover from their loss more quickly. If a family member is having difficulty accepting the pet’s death, getting a new animal before that person has resolved his or her grief may imply that the life of the deceased pet was unworthy of the grief that is still being felt. Family members should agree on the appropriate time to acquire a new pet. Although you can never replace the pet you lost, you can obtain another one to share your life.