End of Life Care

A decision concerning euthanasia may be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make for your pet.  Here at Cryan we will be with you every step of the way.  Our doctors and staff are happy to answer any questions you or your family may have leading up to that decision.

How Will I know?

If your pet is no longer enjoying things they used to, cannot respond to you in their typical ways, or appears to be experiencing more pain than pleasure, you may need to consider euthanasia. Likewise, if your pet is terminally ill or critically injured, or if the financial or emotional cost of treatment is beyond your means, euthanasia may be a valid option.  Sometimes asking yourself the question, “Does my pet have more bad days than good days?” can help you make the decision.

This Quality of Life Scale may help to answer those questions.

Here at Cryan we understand your bond you share with your pet and can help to evaluate your pet’s condition, estimate the chances for recovery, and discuss any potential disabilities, special needs and long-term problems, including any medical and surgical options as well as risks and possible outcomes.

How Does Euthanasia Work?

Here at Cryan, your pet’s comfort is our top concern.  You and your family have the option to be present with your pet during all or part of the procedure depending on your comfort level.  Don’t worry though, if you decide you are not comfortable being present, our staff will make sure your pet is well cared for during this process.

Our euthanasia is a two-step process to ensure your pet’s comfort, starting with a tranquilizer and then followed by the euthanasia solution.  The euthanasia process is very quick and painless.  

What Happens to My Pet Afterwards?

Here at Cryan we work with Pet Cremation Services to provide cremation after the euthanasia process if that is desired.  Their team will come and pick your pet up from us to handle the aftercare.

There are two options regarding the cremation of your pet.  Your pet can be cremated and placed in an urn and returned to you, or you can choose not to have your pet’s remains returned following cremation.  Once they have finished the cremation process, your pet is delivered to us and ready to be returned home.

Here at Cryan there are two urn options available, but Pet Cremation Services has a variety of options on their website and even decorative jewelry if you are looking for remembrance options for your pet.  Should you choose one of the additional options, those arrangements can be made with Pet Cremations.

Dealing With the Loss

We know the bond shared with your pet is different for each person.  It is natural and normal to feel grief and sorrow, especially following a loss. For some people, spending some time with their pet after euthanasia is helpful. The grieving process includes accepting the reality of your loss, accepting that the loss and accompanying feelings are painful, and adjusting to your new life that no longer includes your pet. By understanding the grieving process, you will be better prepared to manage your grief and to help others in the family who share this loss.

If you or a family member is having difficulty accepting the pet’s death it may be helpful to talk to someone.  A list of some pet loss support hotlines and services is below. Please note, this is not a complete list of resources available.

Pet Loss Hotlines

Online Support Groups