The hardest part of being a pet owner is knowing when it is the right time to say goodbye. Whether you have known a cat its whole life or just a few short months, this decision is never easy. Your veterinary health team is always available to have a discussion with you about quality of life and to help guide you so you can make a well-informed decision.
When should I consider pet euthanasia?
This is one of the most common questions we get asked by owners, and it can be a difficult question to answer. Cats can be stoic by nature and hide their illness, making it hard for owners to know when their cat is unwell. You know your cat best. When the “bad days” start to outweigh the “good days,” this is usually a good indication to have this discussion with your veterinary team.
What is the process for cat euthanasia?
Every euthanasia is handled with the utmost respect and compassion. After checking in with our front receptionists, you will be asked if you would like to have your cat privately cremated (ashes returned in an urn of your choice), cremated with other animals (no ashes back), or you may wish to take your cat home for burial. You and your cat will then be led into one of our side rooms with a separate exit. Your veterinarian will discuss the entire process with you, as well as inform you of the things you may or may not experience. Your cat will receive a sedative which is usually administered by injection. This will help alleviate any anxiety your cat may have and can also reduce any pain or discomfort your companion may by feeling. Owners are encouraged to stay with their companion for as long as they need. A final injection will be administered intravenously, and your cat will pass away peacefully.
Do you do house calls?
We do our best when it comes to providing a house call euthanasia. These appointments often need to be set up well in advance. If we are unable to make it to your home, Sitka Veterinary Services provides house calls exclusively.
Can I stay with my cat during euthanasia?
Of course. We encourage all owners to stay with their animal as they say goodbye
What is the cost of at home or in-hospital euthanasia?
Please contact the clinic for more information.
Do you offer pet bereavement support service?
No, but we can provide information on services provided within our community.