Bereavement Services

The difficult decision to “put down” or euthanize a beloved family pet is an issue all too often faced by pet owners and their veterinarians. The simple truth is that most pets do not have a massive life span and we humans often outlive them many times over. Consequently, most people who take on the love and joy of owning a companion animal will at some point need to face the sad  realities of their furred, scaled or feathered friend’s mortality and perhaps need to consider making the ultimate sacrifice: having their pet humanely euthanized to relieve its suffering and/or pain.

During the process of euthanasia, the animal is normally injected with a chemical substance that is very closely related to some of the drugs normally used to induce general anesthesia in animals. This chemical enters the animal’s blood stream and suppresses the function of the animal’s brain, causing loss of consciousness and pain sensation. The animal peacefully falls asleep and then passes through into death without experiencing any pain.

How will I know when it is time to euthanize my pet?

Once owners start asking themselves and their veterinarian the question: “do you think it is time to put him or her down?”, they have already well and truly advanced in the decision making process. People tend to get a gut feeling about when it is time. They just know in their heart that things are not right with their pet’s spirit and that things are unlikely to improve: their animal is depressed all the time, it seems sad and/or in constant pain, its weight dropping, it doesn’t enjoy eating anymore, it doesn’t respond to them like before and so on.

This is a service that we can provide to Sarat​oga County Residents only. You must schedule an appointment to drop off your pet and we will euthanize promptly; unfortunately owners cannot be present during the process. We do have some necessary requirements to provide this service for you and your pet. We require proof of “ownership”

IE:

  • A rabies vaccination certificate (doesn’t need to be current)
  • A dog license (doesn’t need to be current)
  • A bill from your vet showing a description of said animal
  • Tags are not sufficient for proof of ownership  The person whose name is on the paperwork must be present to sign the euthanasia paperwork, NO EXCEPTIONS. If the paperwork says Tom Smith, Tom Smith must be the one to sign the euthanasia paperwork. Ruth Smith can’t sign for Tom Smith.

You can choose to either take your pet’s remains back or we can cremate your pet for a fee. We cannot return ashes to you. You can call your veterinarian to inquire about private cremation services.

The following are the fees for Euthanasia and/or Cremation

1-25lbs:        Euthanasia $15   Cremation $20   total for both $35
26-50lbs:      Euthanasia $20   Cremation $25   total for both $45
51-100lbs:    Euthanasia $25   Cremation $30   total for both $55
Over 100lbs: Euthanasia $35  Cremation $50   total for both $85

Please call 885-4113 ex zero to set up an appointment.

 

 

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