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Cat End of Life Care

Cat Euthanasia

Deciding to euthanize your cat is an emotional process. Animals touch our hearts quickly, and the decision to let them leave our side can be heart-wrenching. At Crossroads Animal Hospital, we will do our best to assist you in making that final decision.

What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?


Euthanasia is an overdose of barbiturates given by injection, that stops a pet’s heart. It is a painless, humane, termination of life. Seeking counsel from family, friends and your veterinarian can help you and your family with this difficult decision. Ultimately, you must trust yourself to make the best choice for your pet.

What is the process for cat euthanasia?


The euthanasia drug is administered by injection. It is done by putting a catheter into the vein, usually on the front leg. Once the catheter is in place, the family is given some time to say their final goodbye. When everyone is ready, the drug is slowly administered into the catheter.

Do you do house calls?


Currently we do not offer this service, but we can make a recommendation for a mobile veterinarian that does.

Can I stay with my cat during euthanasia?


The decision to stay with your cat during the euthanasia procedure is a very personal decision for you and your family to make. It is certainly not something we want to have to think about, but unfortunately necessary. At Crossroads Animal Hospital, we try to make this final moment as smooth and uncomplicated as possible. If you choose to stay with your pet during these final moments, we certainly understand, being pet owners ourselves. Please know that you will be most welcome to be here with your pet. If some owners choose not to stay for the euthanasia, your pet is treated with the utmost care and compassion, no different than if your choice is to be present.

What is the cost of euthanasia?


Please call our office to speak with one of our friendly pet care specialists. We can answer any questions you may have 403-527-2829.

Do you offer pet bereavement support service?


At this time, we do not offer bereavement services.

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