veterinary euthanasia fort washington veterinary hospital

Euthanasia, Hospice Care and Grief Support

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The word “euthanasia” comes straight out of the Greek “eu” (goodly or well) + “thanatos” (death) =

The Good Death

Does your pet have a medical condition that is painful or causing poor quality of life? Are you afraid that your sick or elderly pet is suffering? Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals can help you through this painful/difficult experience, whether it be aiding in hospice care or discussing humane euthanasia. We will work with you to ensure your pet’s comfort and dignity during his or her last days and final moments.

We are able to help with hospice care to keep your pet comfortable, clean and well-nourished until it is time to euthanize your beloved pet painlessly. Deciding when your pet may need euthanasia is a very personal and private decision, but that doesn’t mean you have to make this difficult choice on your own. Our humane euthanasia services are conducted with respect, compassion, and care. Before you struggle through one more day with a sick, elderly, or terminally ill pet, call us to learn how we can help.

Euthanasia’s are performed here at our hospital (even outside in our backyard – if you choose). All family members are welcome. You may bring your pet’s toys, blanket/bed or favorite treats. At this time we will discuss your options when deciding about your pet’s remains; many clients choose cremation with ashes returned to the family, others choose for their pet’s ashes to be interred at a local pet cemetery managed by our compassionate provider. We can also make a paw print and clip a bit of hair/fur for you to take home. Any of your pets’ personal effects can be taken with you or donated to needy pets, per your wishes.

We can help you with these concerns and will make every effort to accommodate your needs at this very difficult time.

Please call us to discuss at-home Euthanasia services options.

We also know that losing your special friend can be heart-wrenching. Please consider attending our free grief support circle, held every quarter. Join other grieving pet owners over coffee and cookies to get the compassion and help you need to heal & move forward without your special friend. Whether your pet is old, sick or has already passed on, you are not alone in this journey. Attendees should be at least 16 years of age; however Liz B. (a licensed Social Worker) would be happy to recommend age appropriate options for younger children.

*Pre-Registration is required for this support group at 215-646-5225. Our grief support circle is open to the public, not just our clients, so please share this with any pet owner who might be in need of support such as this.