End of Life Care
The decision to euthanize a pet is an intense, emotional, and personal one, but that doesn’t mean you have to face a difficult time alone. Whether your pet is facing a serious illness or injury, your veterinarian will help you assess whether treatment, palliative care, or humane euthanasia is the right course of action, empowering you to make the best decision for your pet and your family. The most important thing to remember is that we are here for you, we will be by your side through every part of the process, and you can take as much time as you need.
What to Expect During a Euthanasia
When you arrive, a member of our client care team will immediately take you and your pet to an exam room for your privacy and your pet’s comfort. Your veterinary assistant will discuss your preferences for the procedure: whether or not you would like to be present and what you would like to do with your pet following the euthanasia. For your convenience and privacy, payment will be taken during this time so that you do not need to go into the lobby afterward. Your veterinarian will give you as much time as you need to answer questions and to spend time with your pet. An IV catheter will be placed and a sedative will be given that will put your pet in a relaxed state of consciousness. When you are ready, your veterinarian will administer the euthanasia drug. They will listen to your pet’s heart to ensure they have passed and will give you as much time as you need.
Cremation or Burial
Well Pets works with a professional cremation service, chosen for their compassion and professionalism in caring for your pet. You have the option of individual cremation, group cremation, or you can take your pet home for burial.
- Individual Cremation: Your pet is cremated individually and the ashes will be delivered to the clinic in a carved wooden box with a notarized card. We will call you when they arrive for you to pick up at your convenience.
- Communal Cremation: Your pet is cremated with others and the ashes are scattered on Roper Mountain in the Upstate.
- Home Burial: Your pet is placed in a cardboard burial box for you to take home. Please check with your county and/or town for any local ordinances pertaining to burial.