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 beloved cat is a very emotional thing to go through. There are times when we are able to prepare ourselves for the process, 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.
When should I consider euthanasia?
Humane euthanasia is a gift that we can offer our pets to end their suffering. Quality of life is a question of determining and deciding how we can better the future for our pets and assessing this is an ongoing process. Solutions such as pain medication, dietary changes, or procedures, may offer a temporary solution for your pet’s discomfort. As pet owners, we know our pets better than anyone else. We are their advocates and when it comes time to make this difficult decision we can help you through the process.
What happens during euthanasia?
Pets are often sedated prior to the euthanasia solution injection to ease the process and ensure comfort for the pet, as well as you as an owner. The euthanasia solution used is a barbiturate called sodium pentobarbital, which causes unconsciousness and a cessation in respiratory, as well as cardiac function. This injection is given intravenously and is generally very peaceful.
Do you do house calls?
No, we do not offer house call services.
Can you stay with your cat during euthanasia?
You are welcome to stay for as much of the procedure that you are comfortable with, everyone is different and we understand that. Some may feel comfortable only staying until the pet is sedated, others stay for the whole process. We have a quiet room available for you to spend as much time as you wish with your pet before, during and after the procedure. Our compassionate team members will explain every step of the process and accommodate you with whatever you are comfortable with.
What is the cost of euthanasia?
Please call our clinic and speak to one of our team members regarding options and cost. There are a number of options available to you as far as a private cremation service and ceramic paw print keepsakes. One of our team members will be happy to discuss your options and the cost involved.
Do you offer pet bereavement support service?
Our team members are always available to talk, however, we do not have a team member trained in bereavement counselling. We do have information on counselling services and bereavement groups in our area and we will be happy to supply you with contacts to them.
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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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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.
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 - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital