Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

The Decision

Euthanasia is often a difficult topic to talk about — it is a decision that many pet owners struggle with towards a pet’s end of life. Your veterinary team wants you to know that you do not have to be alone in this process. While your veterinarian cannot make the decision to euthanize for you, they are here to provide guidance and support during this time. If you are unsure if it may be the time to say goodbye to your pet, please reach out to your veterinarian. They can provide clarity and help you better understand your pet’s condition.

If you have made the decision to euthanize your pet, the veterinary team can assist you with arranging an appointment, explaining the process, and options for aftercare. Pet owners can also decide as to whether or not they would like to be present for the procedure. There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Your veterinary team will be there for you and support you no matter what the decision.

Remembering Your Pet

A special bond develops between a pet and their family throughout their lifetime. There are many ways to honour and continue that connection when choosing aftercare for your companion. The three most common options for aftercare include home burial, communal cremation, and private cremation. Many cremation companies offer alternative ways to memorialize your pets, including clay paw prints or jewellery. Your veterinary clinic may also provide ways to remember your pet, such as a card, ink paw print, or lock of hair. For further information regarding the aftercare options that are available to you, please contact your clinic.

Pet Loss Support

Everyone grieves in their own way. Meaning there is no right way to cope with the loss of a companion. If you or someone you know is struggling with the loss of a pet, please be patient and understanding. For those who may need additional support, the Ontario Veterinary College provides many resources to help you through this difficult time. They also provide guides for preparing for the loss of a pet and how to help children with the loss of a pet. Click here for the Ontario Veterinary College pet loss support guide.

Written By: Cassandra Walsh