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End of Life Care for Dogs (Euthanasia)

Whether your pet has experienced a long-term illness or recent trauma, we are here to help guide you through the various medical options best suited for your family and your pet, including humane euthanasia. If your pet’s quality of life begins to decline significantly due to terminal illness or a major injury, it may be time to discuss euthanasia under our trained veterinarian’s care. We are here to help guide you and your family through this process.

What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?


Deciding if it is the right time to euthanize your pet is one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner will have to make. At Annex Animal Hospital, we are here for you every step of the way. Our staff will assist you during this difficult time by answering your questions and providing advice about the quality of life to help you reach the best decision for both you and your pet. We understand that your pet is a special part of your family, and we take special care to respect you and your family’s wishes for your beloved companion.

Can I stay with my pet for euthanasia?


Absolutely. We encourage you to stay and hold your pet and comfort them during the end of life process. Bring along a favourite toy, food, a blanket or anything else you think might bring them comfort. We will arrange for a keepsake of some fur and a paw print to take home if you wish to have them.

Does your clinic provide bereavement counselling?


For professional support after the loss of a pet, please refer to the Ontario Veterinary College for a list of sources or OVC Pet Trust.

Although we are not qualified to offer counselling services here, please be assured that you are always welcome to communicate with one of our veterinarians.

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