Farm and Small Animal Services
The end of a domestic mammal's life is a profound experience shared by owner and animal. Sometimes the need for euthanasia is clear, as in the case of acute, severe accidental injury. But in cases of chronic decline in the animal's quality of life, it is often difficult for owners to decide "when is the right time."
Our job regarding euthanasia is to assess the medical condition and prognosis for the animal, and advise whether or not euthanasia is an appropriate choice.
Our policy is that for a euthanasia to proceed there must be clear communication between veterinarian and owner(s), and mutual agreement as to why the procedure has been chosen. While this transparency is optimal for any aspect of medical treatment, it is critical for the act of taking a life.