Humane Pet Euthanasia

Humane Pet Euthanasia

It is unfortunate, but a reality of life, that most of us will, at some time, have to make the decision to let our pet go to alleviate the suffering of an acute or chronic illness, for which the prognosis is poor. In making end of life decisions, we are here to listen to you and help you decide when the time is appropriate to provide your companion with a peaceful and dignified end of life. If you are having difficulty with this decision, the use of a Quality-of-Life scale may help you address different variables in your pet’s life to assess their overall comfort and happiness.  These scales are generally used when your pet has a poor prognosis or is having difficulty or near the end-of-life stage and help/aid you to determine on a numeric basis how your pet is feeling, which can help you with your decision. You are not alone in this journey, and we can discuss your pet’s quality of life and possible medications to help alleviate their suffering. The decision to euthanize your pet can be the final gift that you give them. We will stand by you in this decision, help answer all your questions, and provide guidance in making the right decisions for your pet and family members.

We provide detailed information to you about the process of euthanasia, so you will understand the process and will be prepared. We frequently recommend sedation prior to euthanasia to ease anxiety but will leave all choices ultimately up to you. You and your family may choose to be present and use our private comfort room. If you choose not to be present, we will treat your pet as our own and hold them through the end-of-life transition.

It is important to discuss and make all these decisions, including aftercare for your pet, ahead of time. Some people take their pet home for burial, but many choose cremation. We use Faithful Companions Pet Cremation Services. They provide very personalized and caring private or communal cremation services according to your wishes.

Here are some links that can be helpful for this part of your pet's journey:

Quality-Of-Life Scale

Rainbow Bridge Poem

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement Support Group

Faithful Companion Pet Cremation Services

St. John Animal Clinic
8661 Wicker Ave
St. John IN, 46373

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

Phone: (219) 365-8531
Fax: (219) 365-1032

For emergencies please call North Central Veterinary Emergency Center (219) 881-1600

St. John Animal Clinic Hours

Monday 7:30 am - 7:30pm

Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 7:30pm

Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm

Saturday 7:30am - 12:00pm

Sunday Closed