Euthanasia Information and Resources
While euthanasia is never easy to go through, it is an important part of being a pet owner and something we encounter often here at South Metro Animal Emergency Care. It is our goal to ensure all end of life care that takes place in our clinic done in a streamlined and respectful manner. As natural and common as euthanasia is, owners frequently have questions about what it is like to come in for such a service at an Emergency Clinic. Whether you have questions about the process or just want a better idea of what to expect, please feel free to read through the following information. You are welcome to call our clinic with any questions or concerns. We are here to help you through this difficult time.
If you have decided it is time, please call our clinic. While we do not take appointments, much like a human emergency room, calling ahead will allow us to ensure we can ready a space for you and your pet. We can set up your exam room or (weather permitting) we do have a small private garden should you wish to say goodbye outdoors. If you need assistance getting your companion from your vehicle, you are welcome to call from the parking lot or come into our lobby to request assistance. We have tools and staff ready to assist. We do have a striped area near our front doors as well as a side door (next to our front door) which you are welcome to back your vehicle to. Many owners will choose to come in and get their pets comfortable before completing some brief paperwork, however, it is possible to keep your companion in your vehicle with a friend or family member while you complete registration. If you would like to complete your registration form prior to your arrival, it is available on our website. Simply print and bring this completed form with you to our clinic.
There is a lot of flexibility in our process. You and your loved ones are welcome to visit before and after the procedure. Some owners will choose to remain with their pet for the procedure, and some choose to leave. This is a highly personal decision and there is no right or wrong answer. If you do choose not to stay present, know your pet will be surrounded with love from our staff and will never be alone throughout the process regardless of your choice.
Aftercare is another very personal decision. At SMAEC, we have several Care of Remains options available. Many clients choose cremation for their companion following euthanasia. If you would like your pet’s ashes returned to you, there are options for either a Separated cremation (multiple pets are cremated in the same space but separated from one another) or an Individual cremation (the pet is cremated by itself); both of these services are provided by the Veterinary Hospital Association (VHA) and special urns are available for purchase (but not required). We do also work closely with Pets Remembered, a cremation facility that performs private cremation. We will notify you by phone when your pet’s ashes are returned to our clinic. If you would not like to receive any ashes back, a Group cremation will be respectfully performed. Our staff is well-versed in the options we offer and would be happy to counsel you further should you have any questions or concerns about any of our options offered.
Regardless of the option you choose, we will make painted paw prints as a keepsake for you. In this process, a thin layer of acrylic paint will be applied to your pet’s paw. Then the finished prints will be mailed to you. We do not offer clay paw prints here in clinic, but if you choose Pets Remembered for a private cremation, they do offer clay paw prints upon request.
An estimate can be provided for whichever option you choose. Due to the sensitive nature of this process, we do not offer billing for services. We will work through payment options with you before or after the process is complete before you leave the clinic.
Home euthanasia is an option that many families may wish to pursue. We do not offer house calls at SMAEC, but you may click here for a list of home veterinary services able to perform euthanasia in the South Metro area.
If you have any questions about the euthanasia process here at South Metro Animal Emergency Care, feel free to browse our End of Life FAQs or call our clinic directly at 952-953-3737.