End of Life Care

Saying goodbye to your furry companion is undoubtedly a painful experience. At Fletcher Veterinary Hospital, we understand the burden of losing a lifelong companion and how emotional it can be to say goodbye. Our primary focus in these final stages of their life is to reduce suffering and minimize pain.

When is it time to start considering the transition into end of life veterinary care?                                                                                             Well, that depends on your pet’s health status. In most cases, age is the simple cause, and your pet is naturally approaching the final stages of their life. In other cases, an incurable illness could be causing your pet pain and difficulty. If your pet’s quality of life is deteriorating, and you notice signs of behavioral and physical discomfort or distress, it is time to consider the next steps.

A gentle process                                                                                                                                                                                                   When the time comes to say goodbye, our staff will be there every step of the way. You will be in a quiet room where we will discuss your final wishes and answer any questions you may have.
Appropriate forms must be signed allowing for the procedure to take place. Your pet will have an intravenous catheter placed and a mild sedative will be given. This will provide a calm and easeful transition into rest.
You and your family may be with your pet during this time. The Doctor will explain the process so you know what to expect. You may spend as much time as you need before and after the procedure.

Aftercare                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your pet’s aftercare will be handled with respect, dignity and compassion.  You are able to make choice for the cremation of your pet.  Cremation may be communal or private.  In a communal cremation, you do not receive their ashes, they are collected and placed in a burial lot. With this, you are still able to choose if you would like a pawprint or keepsake instead. In a private cremation, you will receive your pet’s ashes in an urn of your choice, with the choice of pawprint or keepsake as well.

Please feel free to inquire about additional personalized options.


Here are further resources to assist you and your family in this difficult time.

Pre-Planning and Pet Aftercare

Coping With Loss


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