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.
Euthanasia of a loyal companion is a very emotional thing to experience. There are times when we can prepare ourselves for the process, and then there are times when we are faced with the decision unexpectedly. Our team members are always here to help you understand the process and discuss any questions you may have regarding the procedure.
What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?
Euthanasia is the option to put your pet to rest if they are suffering in some way. It is a painless injection of an anesthetic drug to end their life in a very humane way.
The hardest part of being a pet owner is knowing when it is the right time to say goodbye. Whether you have known a dog 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.
Can I say goodbye to my pet in the comfort of our home?
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.
How is the euthanasia drug administered?
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 dog privately cremated (ashes returned in an urn of your choice), cremated with other animals (no ashes back), or you may wish to take your dog home for burial. You and your dog 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 dog will receive a sedative which is usually administered by injection. It will help alleviate any anxiety your dog 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 dog will pass away peacefully.
What is the cost of pet euthanasia?
For more information, kindly give us a call.
Does your hospital provide bereavement counseling?
We do not provide counseling in clinic, but we can provide pamphlets with contact information for counseling services at your request.
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