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.
We all get older and none of us live forever. This includes our cats. It is important to ensure our cats have a good quality of life and when the quality of life decreases, euthanasia can be the last act of kindness.
When should I consider euthanasia?
Considering euthanasia can be a very hard decision. The quality of life plays a huge role in this decision, is your pet eating? Are they happy? Are they in pain/ are they hiding? There are a lot of factors in making this decision. The veterinarian can be very helpful during this time, you can bring your pet in to be assessed and then based on how they are doing during an exam and how their QOL is, they can help give their opinion.
What happens during euthanasia?
During a euthanasia, your pet will have an intravenous catheter placed. Once that is placed, there is no more pain associated with the procedure. When you are ready, the doctor will give an injection of ethanol, which is an overdose of an anesthetic agent. The injection works immediately as your pet falls asleep and then peacefully passes away.
Do you do house calls?
For our clients, we will perform housecall euthanasia.
Can you stay with your cat during euthanasia?
You can absolutely stay with your cat. At North Hill Animal Hospital, we have a specially appointed comfort room that will accommodate your family and you can take all of the time you need. Of course, it is your choice and you do not need to stay if you are not comfortable with it.
What is the cost of at home or clinic euthanasia?
The cost of euthanasia is dependent on the location of the euthanasia (home or clinic), service requested (burial, private cremation or communal cremation). The hospital team can help to ensure all of your questions are answered and help you through the process.
Do you offer pet bereavement support service?
If needed we have numbers we can give to help with bereavement support.
How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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 905.857.5057. 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 (unless you have used our online store and are having 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - 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 North Hill Animal Hospital