Saying farewell to our loyal animal companions is never easy. Euthanasia, often referred to as “putting down” or “putting to sleep,” is a decision many pet owners must make when their beloved pets reach the final stage of their lives.
This article aims to provide guidance on why and when euthanasia is considered, what to expect during the process, and how to seek support and information during this difficult time.

Why Euthanasia?

Just as we age, our pets also grow old, and there comes a time when we must make the heart-wrenching decision to say goodbye. Euthanasia offers a peaceful and controlled option for the end of your pet’s life. The decision to euthanize should be based on your pet’s quality of life, their difficulties due to old age, and the pain they may be experiencing.

Determining When It’s Time to Say Goodbye

When your loyal companion’s quality of life declines consistently, it’s essential to consult with a veterinarian to assess the best course of action. If there are more bad days than good, our compassionate doctors can help guide you through this challenging decision. Determining the right time for euthanasia is a deeply personal and challenging decision. Your pet’s quality of life should be the primary concern, along with any difficulties that arise with old age and their overall well-being.

What Should I Expect?

Our euthanasia process is designed to be as peaceful as possible. Once you and the veterinarian have made the difficult decision, a drug is administered to induce deep sedation in your pet. During this period, you and your family can choose to stay with your pet, offering a few quiet moments to say goodbye before the euthanasia medication is administered, allowing your pet to rest without any suffering. Alternatively, you may choose to leave knowing your pet is calm and pain-free.

How Can I Get More Information or Seek Help?

Our compassionate veterinarians are here to support you during this challenging time. They are experienced in discussing the process and emotions that come with it. Please reach out to us to make an appointment or seek information on the options, timelines, and references for support throughout the grieving process.

At-Home Euthanasia Services

Mission Veterinary Hospital offers at-home euthanasia services upon request. Please contact us for more information on this service.


Cremation is a thoughtful way to honor the memory of your pet. In this article, we’ll explore the cremation process and the options available to you: regular cremation, where the ashes are not returned, and private cremation, where you receive the ashes in a custom urn.

Regular Cremation

Regular cremation is a service where the ashes of your pet are not returned to you. Instead, the ashes are typically spread locally at the crematorium. This option offers a simple and dignified way to handle the remains of your beloved companion.

Private Cremation

Private cremation provides a more personal approach. With this option, the ashes of your pet are carefully collected and returned to you. You have the choice to select a custom urn that reflects your pet’s unique personality and significance in your life.

Making the Right Choice

Choosing between regular and private cremation is a personal decision and depends on your preferences, beliefs, and how you wish to memorialize your pet. Our staff is here to support you during this emotional time and we understand that you may have questions or concerns, we are available to assist you every step of the way.


Saying goodbye to a cherished pet is one of the most challenging decisions a pet owner can make. Euthanasia offers a compassionate and peaceful option to ensure that your loyal companion is free from pain and suffering. Our dedicated team of client care representatives, technicians, and veterinarians are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need during this emotional journey.