We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our team and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

• Currently, we are operating a “closed waiting room” clinic to protect our clients and staff. We ask you to stay in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call our front desk at 519-893-1360 once you have arrived. For scheduled appointments we will take a history over the phone or we ask that you email us any concerns prior to the appointment. A technician will meet you outside the doors to bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and take payment over the phone. A technician will then meet you outside the door to hand off any take home medications and return your pet.

• We are OPEN during 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

We are running with limited staff in order to be able to continue to be open, so please be patience.

• We can now see all cases by appointment only.

• If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with issues at their ends and are attempting to provide orders as soon as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order - our staff will meet you outside the door with your items. 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. We have stopped taking cash payments for the time being.

We do have an online store available for purchasing food 24/7. Go to our website manitouanimalhospital.com and click “online store” to sign up.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

• Following the recommendations of our government and human medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs and have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience in these matters. Please stay healthy and thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

Thank you,

The Manitou Animal Hospital Team