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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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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Crossroads Animal Hospital