When it’s time to say goodbye, our staff will be here to support you. If you are considering euthanasia but still question if ‘it’s time’, our veterinarians can help you assess your animal’s quality of life and help you with this difficult decision.
We try to book our euthanasia appointments during the ‘quiet’ parts of the day or at the end of the day so that we have extra time to be with you and your pet. When you arrive at our clinic we will get you and your pet into a private room right away. A blanket will be placed on the table or on the floor, depending on the size of your pet and you will have as much time as you need to say goodbye to your beloved friend. Family and friends are welcome to accompany you to the appointment and are able to stay for the entirety of the procedure.
In situations where it is not possible to bring your pet to the clinic, we can arrange for in-home euthanasia appointments for our existing clients.
Our partnership with Family Pet Cremation Services allows us to offer private or shared cremation services and a variety of urns to honor the memory of your special pet. This service is offered as a humane and dignified means of final disposition.
Shared Cremation: Pets are cremated in a shared group at the same time. The cremated remains are interred in an identifiable area in an on site Memorial Garden at Family Pet Cremation Center, which can be visited at any time.
Private Cremation: In this industry standard procedure, pets are placed in a divided, separate and identified distinct part of the cremation chamber. The identified cremated remains of each are removed separately for packaging. Each pet is assigned a unique numbered stainless steel identification disc and a cremation certificate and an urn is provided. This most common process provides the owner with the assurance of guaranteed and accurate identification.
Individual Creamation: This priority service is provided for those pet owners who want their pet cremated individually and/or have an urgent time constraint which requires cremation to take place at a specific time. Each pet is assigned a unique numbered stainless steel identification disc and a cremation certificate.
Remains processed through Private or Individual cremation are packaged and returned to our clinic where they are safely stored. You will be contacted upon arrival of the remains and can pick up the package at our clinic at your earliest convenience. The turn-around time from when Family Pet receives your pet to the time the remains are returned to our clinic will be anywhere from 7 to 10 days.
Please contact us for more information on euthanasia or cremation services at our clinic.
As of January 2014, Euthanasia Services Will Only Be Available To Existing Clients.
Pet Loss Support & Grief Counselling
Losing a pet can be extremely upsetting, even more so than you may have expected. We have such a close bond with our pets, so letting go is never easy and it is not uncommon to be left with pain, sadness, depression—even anger. Our team understands these feelings, as many of us have also lost pets of our own. The emotions we go through are real and nothing to be ashamed of. Whether your loss is recent or you’ve been grieving for weeks, we are here to help you through the grieving process.
When a family pet dies, the experience of grief is similar to mourning the death of a person who we loved. It is a significant loss that should not be ignored and we do well to pay attention to this loss before beginning to move on with our lives.
If you are anticipating the death of a pet, wish to talk to someone about the death of a pet, or would like to receive bereavement resource material we invite you to call 306-343-5322.
Come together with animal lovers like yourself who wish to discuss their sick or deceased animal and how they are coping. Gatherings are informal and provide a place to share feelings, pictures and stories. The Pet Loss Support Group meets the first and third Sunday of every month at 2:00pm at the W.A. Edwards Family Centre 333 4th Avenue North. These are open meetings with no obligation to attend of a regular basis.
There are several groups that can be contacted if you need someone to talk to:
Saskatoon Pet Loss Support Group 1 306 343 5322
- Ontario Veterinary College: Pet Loss Support Hotline – 1-877-822-0140
- Pet Loss Canada
- Pet Loss Support
Dealing with Grief:
Articles from the Drake Center for Veterinary Care (We couldn’t have said it better ourselves).
- Grief Support for Children and Families
- Helping Children Cope with Grief
- Understanding Grief in Children
Online Pet Loss Resources: