Euthanasia Services for Pets

As time passes your pet’s quality of life may start to diminish due to age or illness. At Elmwood Veterinary Hospital, we understand the role that pets play in your life and we know how difficult it is to consider euthanasia. Our veterinarians will always listen to your concerns for your loyal companions and give you the best options throughout the process.

How does euthanasia work in pets?

Euthanasia is the medical term for putting down your pet or putting them to sleep. Our trained technicians will give your pet a sedative before the doctor gives the final injection. The injection they’re given allows them to pass away peacefully. The injection stops their heart and ceases any brain activity. It is conducted in our bereavement room and pet owners can be present the whole time.

Is euthanasia right for my pet?

Euthanasia should only be performed with the support of a veterinarian. As your pet’s guardian, you see the changes in behaviour, diet or the constant pain they experience. These can be signs of a low quality of life. Your pets deserve to live full happy lives where they are playful, affectionate, pain-free and eating well. During your pet’s veterinary check-up, you should mention these changes. Our team can provide medications to relieve the pain but your pet’s attitudes and some behaviours may remain the same. When these changes cannot be reversed or improve, due to an illness or condition, only then does euthanasia become an option. No one wants their cherished pets to suffer and that is why it is considered by many loving owners. If you are concerned about your pet’s quality of life, speak to your veterinarian and voice your inquiries. Call us at 506.858.9900 to start the conversation.

Will my pet feel pain during euthanasia?

The process is almost completely painless.

Can my pet be euthanized at home?

Yes, our hospital offers both at-home and in-hospital euthanasia. Whichever setting best suits your family, we are willing to cater for them. Note: As pandemic restrictions remain in our region, our at-home services are suspended until further notice.

Last updated: August 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. Based on the current provincial changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • We ask that you continue to wear a mask when entering our hospital. To maintain social distancing, we are currently only allowing one person per exam room during appointments, with certain exceptions.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Elmwood Veterinary Hospital