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Saying Good-bye

Saying good-bye to a beloved pet is never easy.

At Norwood Veterinary Services we offer quality-of-life appointments for people who maybe be struggling to know when the time has come.  Our compassionate veterinary team will support you in assessing your pet’s quality of life and in identifying any options that may support your pet in maintaining a good quality of life by alleviating pain, improving mobility and reducing anxiety.

For those who have already made this difficult decision, we are here to support you and your pet until the very end. To help alleviate any additional stressors, below you will find details on what you can expect during a euthanasia appointment at Norwood Veterinary Services.

Our overarching goal is to make your pet feel as comfortable as possible, and to offer reassurance that you have made this decision out of kindness and love.

When you arrive for your appointment, a member of our team will escort you into our comfort room.  This room is furnished and decorated to help make everyone feel at home.  We have a large comfy couch, perfect for snuggling. Our room is infused with Zenidog and Feliway pheromones, and plays soft music designed to reduce anxiety both in pets and people.

At this time, you can allow your pet to roam freely – let them explore the space using all of their senses.

One of our veterinary technicians will come in to review the euthanasia consent form with you, and explain aftercare options.  We want to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Our veterinarian will join you, and your pet will be given a small injection containing a sedative to make them feel sleepy and to help reduce anxiety.

Once your pet is comfortable and relaxed, the veterinary technician will take your pet into the treatment room, where a small IV catheter will be placed into their leg.  Your pet will be returned to you in the comfort room, so you can take your time in saying good-bye.

When you are ready, the veterinarian will come back to administer a quick acting euthanasia solution through the IV catheter.  Rest assured that your pet will not be aware that this is happening and will not feel any pain or stress.  This medication ends brain function and stops the heart from beating. The veterinarian will then confirm that your pet has passed away.

After you leave, your pet’s aftercare will be undertaken with the utmost dignity and respect.

Should you wish, we can take an ink pawprint or nose-print for a keepsake to remember them by.