Anderson
Animal
Clinic
2650 W Baseline Road
Mesa, Az 85202
480-838-3682
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Euthanasia and Cremation

Deciding to euthanize a pet is not an easy decision. The decision is very personal and private. No matter how prepared you are the decision will be difficult. At Anderson Animal Clinic we can help you understand the options available for a sick, elderly or terminally ill pet and what happens during and after the euthanasia.

When the time comes to euthanize a pet, you can decide to be present or not during the procedure. If you choose to be with your pet, a scheduled appointment time with the doctor will be made. If you choose not to be present, you will bring your pet to clinic and leave it with us.

FACTS ABOUT EUTHANASIA:

When a pet is suffering or unlikely to make a recovery, euthanasia offers a way to end a pet's pain. The decision is difficult for both the pet owner and veterinarian. Understanding how the procedure is performed may help in the decision to be present during the euthanasia.

A euthanasia solution is injected into the animal's vein. The solution is like a general anesthesia. At a higher concentration the solution provides the same effects as general anesthesia -loss of consciousness, loss of pain sensation. It suppresses the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. As the solution is injected the animal loses consciousness and within seconds the heart and lungs stop functioning. The doctor will listen for the absence of a heartbeat. After the pet is "gone", the eyes remain open in most cases. Sometimes the last few breaths might be involuntary muscle contractions. Then there will be complete muscle relaxation that can be accompanied by urination and defecation. Chemicals stored in the nerve endings can be released causing some muscle twitching.

CREMATION OR BURIAL OPTIONS:

Following the euthanasia there are several ways to take care of your pet's body. These include:

Private Cremation- Your pet is individually cremated and its ashes returned to you in a special container of your choice. Some items such as collar or blankets can be cremated with your pet.

Group Cremation- Your pet is cremated with a group of animals and the ashes are not returned.

Personal disposal- After euthanasia you may take your pet's body with you. There are pet cemeteries available for private burial.

Anderson Animal Clinic uses a reliable cremation service for body disposal. However, you may contact another service and make arrangements for cremation with them.

COPING WITH PET LOSS:

The bond we form with animals is very deep and fulfilling. The loss of a beloved pet can have as great an impact as the loss of a family member or friend.

After your pet has died or been lost, it is natural and normal to feel grief and sorrow. The amount of time a person grieves for the loss of their pet may be very different for different people. Although grief is an internal and private response, there are certain stages of grief that most people experience. However, not everyone experiences them all or in the same order.

Allow yourself time to grieve and heal, and be thankful that your life was made that much better by sharing it with your beloved pet.

There are several helpful resources that can help you cope with pet loss:

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