Euthanasia Services & Counseling

Southwest Veterinary Hospital Offers Euthanasia and Counseling

The need to relieve suffering and provide a peaceful end for your pet is a heavy responsibility, but one that is part of the contract you make with animals when you take on their care. Your veterinarian can discuss options for end-of-life for your pet and will answer any questions you have about euthanasia. At Southwest Veterinary Hospital in Littleton, CO, we will take the time to ensure you are fully informed about pet end-of-life issues.


Euthanasia May Be the Best Choice in Some Situations

Euthanasia is a procedure of administering barbiturate medications that cause an animal to quietly fall asleep and cause the heart to stop. The procedure may be the recommended option when there is no hope for recovery from an illness or when suffering is so great that it is inhumane to allow the animal to continue. It can be a very difficult decision for pet owners. Your veterinarian, who has great experience in the care of animals, will advise you on whether euthanasia is needed and will explain what happens in detail.

How Euthanasia Is Performed

Once the decision is made that euthanasia is the best choice for the animal, your vet will prepare the medications used. You will be given time to spend with your pet to say good-bye. Generally, the first injection will make the animal fall asleep so there is no distress. The second injection will then stop the breathing and the heart. After the procedure, you will again be given time to say your final good-byes. The vet will then discuss with you the arrangements for your pet’s remains.

Euthanasia Counseling

Saying good-bye to a beloved pet is very difficult and can cause a feeling of profound loss for pet owners for some time. It can be helpful to work through these feelings and talk with others who are going through the same loss. We offer euthanasia counseling with a professional bereavement counselor, Nancy Kopp, to help pet owners through this difficult time. During the COVID-19 outbreak, these meeting will be held on Zoom. For more information and to reserve a place, call 720-352-9733. These sessions are free of charge.

Make Southwest Veterinary Hospital Your Veterinarian in Littleton, CO

Dr. Mark, Dr. Adams, and our team at Southwest Veterinary Hospital are committed to doing all we can for our patients in Littleton, CO, and the nearby communities during these difficult decisions. We provide a broad range of veterinary services for every stage of your pet’s life, including puppy & kitten care, vaccinations, preventative care, diagnostics, surgery, and senior animal care. Contact Southwest Veterinary Hospital today at 303-794-2697 for an appointment to discuss your pet’s care and to learn about the services we offer our patients.


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