Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Euthanasia of a beloved dog 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.
What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?
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.
Can I say goodbye to my pet in the comfort of my home?
We do not offer house-call services.
What drug is used?
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.
What’s the cost of euthanasia?
There are many options to consider when making the decision to end your pet’s suffering, such as a private cremation (ashes are returned to you in a cardboard or wood box or an urn) and ceramic paw prints. It may be best for you to get in touch with our team to discuss your wishes in order to determine the cost.
Does the clinic also provide bereavement counselling?
Our clinic does not, however, if you call us we will be able to refer you to some bereavement groups and counsellor in our area.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective Monday, July 13, 2020 we have made some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "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 780.458.3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, if you choose to, we will then allow 1 family member with a mask per appointment in the clinic. Once inside you will be directed to an exam room. We have put special measures in place to keep you, your pets and our staff safe.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital