End-of-Life Care for Your Pet

The time we have with our pets, no matter how long, is never long enough. Making decisions regarding the euthanasia of your four-legged family member is never easy under any circumstance. Here at Animal Care Hospital, we consider it an honor to be there for you and your pets as you say goodbye. We will do all that we can to make the situation as comfortable and peaceful as possible for your entire family.

We understand how important it is to have the support of your veterinary team when planning end-of-life care options for your pet. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have, and make efforts to accommodate you and your pet throughout the process.

Final Care Options

Every pet owner grieves in their own way, and our concern is making sure you get to say goodbye to your companion in the manner you most prefer. We offer several options that you can read about below:

  • Burial at home – Owners do have an option to take their loving pet's remains home after euthanasia for a private burial. Please consider the possibility of having to relocate, and if your city codes allow. We will prepare your pet's remains for their trip to their final resting place.
  • Private cremation – After having your pet cremated, you will receive a beautiful memorial package. This includes a decorative urn, a memorial votive candle, a paw print from your pet pressed in clay, a tuft of their fur, a cremation certificate and a framed copy of “The Rainbow Bridge.” It may take a couple of weeks before we receive your pet's memorial package. We will give you a call as soon as it arrives.
  • Regular cremation – Your pet will be cremated, but their ashes will not be returned.

Helpful Resources for Pet Owners

Having to decide when the time is right is something that all pet owners dread. We don't want to say goodbye to our pets, but we also don't want them to be uncomfortable. The following sites can help you determine your pet's quality of life and feel more confident knowing that whatever decision you make, it will be the right one.

Quality of Life Scale

How Do I Know When It's Time?

An important step in recovering from the loss of your pet is knowing how to manage your grief. These local animal shelters offer free group counseling for owners mourning the loss of their companions:

Animal Protective Foundation

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

Additional resources to help you and your family members deal with loss:

10 Ways to Help Children with Pet Loss

Dogs that are Grieving

Helping a Pet Grieve for a Buddy

If you have any questions or concerns about the end-of-life care we can provide for your pet, please call us at (518) 383-6254 so we can help you.

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