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Cat Euthanasia

At Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, saying goodbye to your loyal friend is never rushed and it is very important that we fully understand your needs and meet your expectations. This may be one of the most difficult, yet one of the most important life stages you and your cat will go through together. For several owners it can also be a very comforting experience and in many cases, although the hardest decision, one of the kindest decisions an owner can make for their beloved feline companion.

When should I consider euthanasia?


This is one of the most common questions we get asked by owners and it can be a difficult question to answer. Cats can be stoic by nature and hide their illness, making it hard for owners to know when their cat is unwell. You know your cat best. When the “bad days” start to outweigh the “good days,” this is usually a good indication that it is time.

What happens during euthanasia?


Your veterinarian will discuss the entire process with you, as well as inform you of the things you may or may not experience. Every euthanasia is handled with the utmost respect and compassion. Prior to the euthanasia process, your cat will receive a sedative which is usually administered by injection just under the skin. This will help alleviate any anxiety your cat may have and can also reduce any pain or discomfort your companion may by feeling. Owners are encouraged to stay with their companion for as long as they need. We have a special comfort room with a private entrance which is separated from the busy going-ons of the hospital. This is where you and your cat can snuggle in and find peace. This is a private time between you and your companion and when you are ready to say goodbye, you’ll have access to a buzzer which will alert our staff that you are ready to say goodbye.

Do you offer house calls?


Yes we can offer house call euthanasia for your pet. Saying goodbye to your family pet in the privacy and comfort of your own home cannot be underestimated at this emotional time. That is why we offer house call services from Black Creek to Union Bay as well as to Denman and Hornby Island. If you feel a house call euthanasia is the right choice for your family, it is important to give your veterinarian as much advanced notice as possible. Due to your veterinarian’s busy schedule and unexpected emergencies, short notice house calls are not always possible or offered during certain times of the day.

Can you stay with your cat during euthanasia?


Absolutely. We strongly encourage owners to stay with their cat during a euthanasia. However, we fully understand this can be an extremely difficult time and some owners opt to stay with their cat during the sedation process, but chose to leave during the euthanasia. It is our goal to make this end of life stage as stress free and comfortable as possible. We will support and help you through this process and walk you through each stage as we proceed.

What’s the cost of at home or clinic euthanasia?


Euthanasia costs will vary depending on your specific needs and afterlife requests. It is best to give our office a call at 250-334-8400 to discuss all your options and to obtain an accurate quote. We fully understand this can be a very difficult phone call to make and invite you to send us an email to info@vanislevet.com for a quote and at that time we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your companions end of life stage and euthanasia.

Do you offer pet bereavement support service?


There are several online resources available for bereavement counselling after the loss of your feline companion. Your veterinarian can be a good source for links to online bereavement sites and literature on the loss of a pet. The Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph offers 24hr support through their Pet Loss Support Hotline at 519-824-4120 x53694.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Friday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. 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 medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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.

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital