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.

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 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 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 services?

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.