The Toughest Decision — Euthanasia
All of us at Bay View Clinic have had to face the most difficult pet care decision, when to euthanize our dear pets. We are honored that you selected us to walk this path with you and your pets. It is helpful to have some information about the When, Where, How, and Recovery of this procedure.
When do we recommend that this tough decision be considered?
This is a very individual decision, and although we do not make it for you, we will do our best to inform you of indicators that your pet is suffering, in pain, or not going to get better. We have a questionnaire that we can go through with you to assist you in making the decision. Sometimes it is very clear to all involved that the time is now, and other times it is not clear at all. It is a challenging place to be, but we will be there with you.
Where do we perform this service?
At Bay View, we have a comfortable consultation room where we schedule many euthanasia’s. You will have time to say your goodbyes to your pet. If you are unable to get in to the clinic for any reason, or would like us to make a house call for this procedure, we will be happy to accommodate you. Since Dr. Phil was able to be at home with his golden, Bo, for his final hour, he has become personally interested in providing home visits for his clients.
How does this process work?
Once you have decided, and are here for your appointment, your comfort will be our primary concern. We usually handle the financial aspect of the visit first, so you do not have to be concerned, and can quietly exit when your appointment is done. Our technician will tell you about the procedure and the veterinarian will give your pet a sedative which will help them relax. Once the euthanasia solution is given, your pet will peacefully slip away. At this time, if you are at the practice, you can exit quietly out the side door.
Recovery from this end of life experience.
It is difficult, to say the least, to lose your special family pets. Recovery takes time, and it is not unusual at all to want some help in this area. Some families move right away into getting another pet, while others wait until they are ready. Listed below are some links that you might find encouraging, but be sure to speak to our staff if you would like further resources to process your loss.
- Rainbow Bridge — An online pet memorial and grief support community for those who have lost their "furry, feathered, or scaled" family members.
Rainbow Bridge Poem
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...
— Author Unknown