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Dog Euthanasia

Euthanasia is the act of ending life in a controlled, pain-free setting with your trusted veterinary team at your side. Saying goodbye to your pet, regardless of their age or how long they’ve been with you, is never easy. We are here to help answer any questions you have about the process of euthanasia; please call us at any time.

What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?

Pet owners often ask us “How will I know when it’s the right time?”. Deciding when to say goodbye to your pet is something only you as their beloved guardian can do. Many people look to see when their pet stops doing his/her favourite things like greeting them at the door, going for walks, looking for that special treat, etc. Other folks feel the time is right when the bad days outweigh the good and quality of life is a concern. If you have questions about the end of life procedures, please contact our hospital, we are here to help you.

Can I say goodbye to my pet in the comfort of our home?

We are thankful to be able to provide house call services and in doing so, lessen the stress of euthanasia by allowing your pet to remain in the comfort and familiarity of your home. If you would like to know more about our home euthanasia service, please call us at 902-443-HOME (4663).

What drug is used?

A highly concentrated anesthetic agent is administered to your pet intravenously and acts quickly and painlessly by putting your pet into a deep sleep where the heart and internal organs immediately cease to work.

What’s the cost of euthanasia?

One of the many questions you will be faced with when saying goodbye is how you wish to care for your pets’ remains. Aftercare choices include communal cremation, private cremation (with ashes returned to you in an urn of your choosing), or private burial if you have a special place outside of city limits. Once you have decided on aftercare, we can better advise you of the total costs.

Does the clinic also provide bereavement counselling?

Most of us working in veterinary medicine have experienced the loss of a pet and understand how difficult the grieving process can be. We are always here to lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Professional counselling can be very helpful to some pet owners struggling to cope with their pets’ passing; please ask us about the resources available.


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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. Masks are mandatory for everyone coming inside our hospital. Maximum of 2 clients allowed into our exams rooms per appointment (there's not much room in there!)

Please note that it will take at least 24 hours for all prescription and food items to be ready for pick up (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

Unfortunately, our bathroom is still closed to the public as it is in our radiology room.


If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


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.

We are committed to providing a safe and respectful workplace. Abusive conduct or communications will not be tolerated and may result in denial of services.

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

- Your dedicated team at Harbour Cities Veterinary Hospital