Cat Euthanasia

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.


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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

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.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



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


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.

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