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Dog Euthanasia

Unfortunately, our dogs are not able to stay with us as long as we would like. When the end comes, we aim to allow your dog to pass in as much comfort and dignity as we can.

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


Pet euthanasia is the act of ending a pet’s life. The most common method of euthanasia in dogs is the injection of an anesthesia-like drug that causes loss of consciousness and slows then stops the heart. The decision to euthanize a pet can be extremely difficult, and it is always okay to ask your veterinarian to provide guidance and help in the decision making process.

How is the euthanasia drug administered?


The euthanasia drug is administered by intravenous injection. Some veterinarians prefer to have an intravenous catheter placed before giving the injections while others will give the injection directly into the vein using a needle and syringe.

What is the cost of pet euthanasia?


The cost varies depending on the size of your pet and your choice of private cremation (having your pet’s ashes returned to you), mass cremation (your pet will be cremated and the ashes will be scattered in a communal area), or having the body released to you (please note, it is illegal to bury your pet’s body within city limits so this may only be considered as an option if you live on a farm, acreage, etc.). Please contact our hospital for a quote.

Does your hospital provide bereavement counselling?


Our hospital does not provide bereavement counselling at this time.

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Last updated: September 8, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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. OPERATING HOURS

Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


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.

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

- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital