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Dog Euthanasia

Saying goodbye is never easy – but we want to work with you individually to make the process as comfortable as possible.

What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?

“When it’s the right time”? Is there a “right time”? These are questions we all ask ourselves as our pet become old and ill. At Manitou Animal Hospital, we offer “Quality of Life” examinations so that you can discuss these very questions with a Veterinary team member. The Veterinarian will assess your pet and discuss options available to improve the pets’ comfort level, and the prognosis for their condition. This is a nice time to also discuss options available to pet owners regarding euthanasia & the aftercare of your pet. Ashes can be returned in your choice of urn. A beautiful memorial paw print coloured to match your pet’s fur is also available.

Can I say goodbye to my pet in the comfort of our home?

Although home euthanasia is not a service available directly through our clinic, please call us, and we can work with you to find a recommended service that does home euthanasia.

How is the euthanasia drug administered?

Euthanasia is usually done in two steps. A sedative injection is given first – very similar in method to getting a vaccine. Sometimes this injection can sting just a bit but stops almost instantly. This takes away any discomfort or anxiety your pet may be experiencing and relaxes them to the point they are usually laying down calm and relaxed. This stage may take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. At this point a second injection is given into their vein – this medication is an overdose of an anesthetic, allowing them to pass very peacefully. Owners can stay with their pets for the entire procedure but can leave at any time they want.

What is the cost of pet euthanasia?

Cost varies on the weight of your pet and the options you would like.

Does your clinic provide bereavement counselling?

We don’t have counselling available post-euthanasia, but our team members are always here to listen. We can offer the names of some grief counselling services that our clients have used and been happy with.


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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