End of Life Services

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult situations a pet owner will ever encounter. Our humane euthanasia services are provided with respect, compassion, and care. Sometimes circumstances don’t give you time to ask such questions. An unexpected illness or injury might give you minutes.

Whenever possible, it is ideal to develop a plan, taking into consideration three basic issues:

  • When should you consider euthanasia? When your pet is ill, this may be the last question you want to think about. Yet, it is an important question that needs to be considered. Dr. Blakesley can provide you with information on your pet’s problem that can help you form your plan. 
  • Will you be there? This is a very personal issue. This is not a decision to be made lightly or based on someone else’s choices. Many feel that the pet’s well-being is the most important consideration. If you believe your pet will feel more comfortable or secure in your presence, you’ll probably want to stay. On the other hand, if you’re concerned that your own reaction and grief may disturb the pet more than the process itself, you may prefer to stay away.
  • What will you do next?  The worst time to decide what to do with your pet’s remains is at the last minute. It’s far better to begin discussing options in advance. At Southern Hills Animal Hospital, we offer three options:
    1. You may take your pet home for a private burial.
    2. We can help you arrange a private cremation for your pet with its ashes returned to you.
    3. We can handle your pet’s remains for you, which involves a communal cremation.

Our staff members are also pet owners, they understand the bond between humans and animals and the difficulty of losing a cherished pet.
Dr. Blakesley  is available to talk to you about the euthanasia process and decision before you come in for the service, so that you understand what to expect. 

If it is possible, please call ahead to either schedule an appointment for euthanasia or to let us know you are on your way in so that we can be prepared for your arrival.
If you have any questions regarding euthanasia, please call us at (702) 586-1300, we will help answer all of your questions.