Making the final decision for your beloved friend is never an easy one. Age, illnesses and emergencies can all take a toll on our furry friends. The veterinarians at New England Animal Hospital are committed to helping you make decisions on what is best for your pet, whether through medication, surgery, palliative therapy or euthanasia. We have many clients that ask us, “How do you know if it is the right time?” We usually ask people to mark on the calendar happy faces for “good” days and sad faces for “bad” days. When the bad days outnumber the good ones, it may be time to make a decision.

The Procedure

We do our best to make your pet’s final passing as easy for you and your beloved friend as possible. Your pet will receive two injections. The first injection is a pain medication and sedative to relieve anxiety and discomfort during the procedure. The only pain that we anticipate your pet will feel is the prick of the needle for the sedation. Once your pet is sedated, we will administer the second injection which will euthanize him or her. You are welcome to drop your pet off, stay for part of the procedure or stay until the end.

After the Procedure

Once your pet has been put to sleep, you will have three options for what to do with the remains:

  • Take your pet home for burial

  • Cremate your pet and not get the ashes back (general cremation)

  • Cremate your pet and get the ashes back (private cremation)

Upon request, we can also give you a clipping of your pet’s fur, do an ink paw print or create a clay paw print.

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If you have any questions about your pet’s quality of life, the euthanasia process or if there is something we can do to help you through this process, please give us a call at (207) 873-4668.

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