Cat Euthanasia

Cat Euthanasia

Saying goodbye to your beloved cat is one of the most challenging things to do as a cat owner. We do our best to assist you in this decision with compassion and to make the process as smooth as possible for both you and your cat.

When should I consider pet euthanasia?

This can be a very difficult decision for most pet owners, as we often ask ourselves “if it’s the right time.” Cats are also very subtle when they aren’t feeling well. We offer ‘Quality of Life’ exams to assist you in making this decision. When you book a ‘Quality of Life’ exam, a veterinarian will examine your cat and make recommendations as to treatments, as well as give you an honest prognosis of your cat’s condition. If it’s time to consider euthanasia, we can go through the euthanasia process at this time, as well as the aftercare of your pet.

What is the process of cat euthanasia?

When we book a euthanasia, we do our best to work around your schedule. When you arrive, we’ll bring you and your cat to an exam room. At this time, if we haven’t discussed aftercare already, we will go through the options with you. These include communal cremation, having your cat’s ashes returned, specialty urns, and a ceramic memorial paw print. After the consent form is signed, a veterinarian and a veterinarian technician will come in with a sedative. This is often the worst part for your cat, as the sedation goes into the muscle (similar to people having a vaccine given). This allows your cat to relax and become sleepy, as it has painkiller and sedatives in it. After about 5-10 minutes, your cats should be fairly sleepy. At this point, we would come in with the final injection, which goes directly into the vein and works fairly quickly. Your cat will unlikely be aware of what we are doing at this point, and there is no pain involved with it. If you need more time to say goodbye, we try and give you as much time as you need. Once you leave, we respectfully look after your cat’s body.

Do you do house calls?

Although house calls are not a service that we can provide, please call us, and we can assist you in finding a service that offers home euthanasia.

Can I stay with my cat during euthanasia?

You are most welcome to stay with your cat through the entire euthanasia procedure. Not all cat owners are comfortable with this. If you feel you need to leave at any time, know that you are welcome to step out and a staff member will stay with your cat.

What is the cost of at home or in-clinic euthanasia?

The cost of a euthanasia varies with the options you would like for your cat. These options include communal cremation, ashes returned, specialty urns, and a memorial ceramic paw print.

Do you offer pet bereavement support service?

As pets are often considered family members, saying goodbye can be very difficult and it is not uncommon to need help in grieving a loss. If you feel that bereavement support would be of benefit to you, we can assist you in finding this service.


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Dear Clients,

As Ontario continues its reopening, we are excited to see our community get closer to a sense of normalcy. We applaud the significant effort and sacrifices you and your family have made to help us get this far.


At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!


Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
Sunday: CLOSED