Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, 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. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit, we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. Currently, we prefer not to take cash.
Our online store is available to have your order delivered directly to your home. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Manitou Animal Hospital Team