Funeral, Euthansia, & Cremation Services
What we offer if your pet dies or is near the end of Life
FoxNest Veterinary Hospital
If you're checking out the information on this page because you're thinking about euthanizing a loved pet or your pet has died...
I'm very sorry.
There are lots of heart wrenching poems and eulogies written about the loss of pets and I'm tempted to include some here.
But instead, just let me tell you that we care, that we don't take your feelings lightly, and that we certainly care about your pet friend.
If you feel it's time and best for your pet to be euthanized...we'll do whatever you want to make the situation as comfortable as possible.
The reality, unfortunately is that choices are limited...and there's nothing about the situation that's comfortable.
Death is part of the cycle of life.
But that doesn't mean it's easy.
Sometimes the most loving act you can do for your pet is to help him or her have a peaceful death with dignity.
I'll try to answer your questions about what's involved in the column on your right.
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Thinking about another Pet?...
I don't wish to be insensitive...but if you're thinking of sharing your love with a new pet...please consider one of our stray pets at our shelter.
I'll try to have current pictures of those pets that badly need someone to take them home.
Visit our Shelter Web Site for pictures and more information:
Just so you know what to expect, here's what we can do to help and also how much everything costs.
House calls for euthanasia: I'll gladly come out to your house as long as we can arrange it around my crazy schedule. The fee for the house call and euthanasia is usually under $125. Maybe a little more if a long time or distance is involved.
Euthanasia at the clinic: I'm sorry I don't have a particularly private place for such an emotional event, but we'll do the best we can.
You're welcome to be with me during any part or all of the procedure...or not. The first part involves a general anesthetic injection that takes about 5 minutes to take effect and includes an euphoric medication that makes the patient feel better, painless, and very sleepy.
The second part of the procedure involves an IV injection of euthanasia solution that works almost immediately in most cases. It's irreversible.
This is usually a very sad and emotional event and I never know quite what to say, except that I'm sorry.
The fee is $75; a little more if your pet is very big
Taking Care of The body: In other parts of the country, counties offer pet disposal services, but in this county you're limited to 5 choices. I apologize in advance for being blunt:
1. You can bury the pet yourself. Perhaps in your garden. This is probably the nicest option if your pet is small and you have the appropriate spot.
2. You can take the body to the landfill. They have an area for animals separate from the garbage.
3. We can dispose of the body for you. $0-15.
4. We can cremate your pet for you and give you the ashes. This is a nice option and isn't too expensive. ($90-250) The cremation process takes about 2 weeks and the price includes a nice container for the ashes. We are very careful with this procedure. The ashes you get will be only from your pet. And you will get 100% of your pet's ashes.
5. There are pet cemeteries and places that sell pet coffins and urns. And there are places that conduct funerals. But none locally that I know about.
Grief Counseling: As much as I understand how close a human- pet bond can be and how people can easily grieve for a pet as much or more as for another person...I simply don't feel qualified to do more than give you a hug and truthfully, I wouldn't feel right about making such counseling a part of doing business.
There are web sites and chat rooms devoted to talking out these feelings of grief about the loss of a pet. Simply type in pet grieving in your search engine.
Once again, God Bless, and let me know how I can help when you need me. Roger Ross, DVM