Owning a pet is one of the greatest joys, and creating a lifetime of memories with your dog or cat can be so rewarding. This is why
to your beloved companion can be so difficult. Our highly trained veterinarians at Front Range Veterinary Clinic can assess your pet and help you determine if humane euthanasia is the most suitable option for your pet.
Caring for Your Pet for a Lifetime
Your veterinarian can perform an examination of your pet to evaluate their quality of life. If it’s decided that pet end of life care is necessary for your dog or cat, our team is here to walk you through this process and help you make the most informed decision for your pet’s care. We know your pet is a valued member of your family, and they deserve to be treated as such. Here is what you can expect at a euthanasia appointment at Front Range Veterinary Clinic:
You and your pet will be shown to our comfort room to help reduce any stress on your pet and privately allow you to spend time with your dog or cat. A member of our team will meet with you there to review paperwork and the procedure. We can also discuss payment and body care options at this time. We know it may be the last thing on your mind, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. To further ensure your pet’s comfort, we will sedate them prior to the euthanasia injection to help prevent any stress or discomfort they may experience. It will take around 10-15 minutes for your pet to fall into a deep sleep.
At the end of your pet’s life, we have a few body care options for you to choose from. Some pet parents prefer a home burial to ensure their pet’s comfort. Others favor private cremation and keeping their pet’s ashes. If you’d like to use a separate company for your pet’s body care, please let us know. Whatever your decision, we will always treat your pet with the respect and care they deserve.
Once your pet has been sedated, we will place an intravenous catheter to provide access to your pet’s blood stream. It’s completely normal if there is difficulty placing the catheter, but we will always explain what we are doing so that you can remain informed. Please know that you can spend as much time with your pet before or after the procedure, and our team will never rush you during this process. When you are ready, we will administer the euthanasia injection.
Once you have left the comfort room, we will cover your pet’s body with a soft blanket and proceed with your selected body care options. There are several different ways to remember your pet including a foam impression paw print, so feel free to ask our team for more information.
In-Home End of Life Services
Some pet parents prefer having this procedure performed in the comfort of their own home to help reduce stress on them and their dog or cat. We completely understand and have listed options for in-home euthanasia below:
Pet Loss and Grief Support
Losing a pet can be a difficult and overwhelming time to navigate. We’ve gathered the following resources for you to peruse if you feel you need them:
Loveland Public Library Thursday night meeting: They meet the second Thursday of the month from 6:30pm-8pm at Mount Dunraven 300 N Adams Ave in Loveland.
Saturday morning groups partnered with Argus Institute: They meet on the first Saturday of each month from 10am-11:30am at CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Comfort Room 109, located at 300 W Drake Rd, Ft Collins.
Lap of Love: This organization provides free group and paid counseling services. Visit their website.
Lap of Love QOL Assessment: https://www.lapoflove.com/quality-of-life-assessment
Rainbow Bridge: This organization provides additional resources such as a pet loss forum and chat, coping tips, and pet loss hotlines. Visit their website.