We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Cat Euthanasia

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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic