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    The most difficult decision for a pet owner to make is when it is time to euthanize their beloved companion. We understand that this is a very difficult and emotional decision. We are here to guide, support and help you in any way we can.
    Here are some things to consider if you are wondering if you will know what the right time is:
    • Is your pet painful?
    • Can he/she get up and move around freely without assistance?
    • Is he/she still eating and drinking on his/her own?
    • Does he/she still enjoy any of his/her favourite activities?
    • Can he/she still control their elimination (urine/stool)?
    • Are his/her bad days outnumbering good days?
    • Is your pet still happy to see you?

    Is it time?
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    The ultimate decision regarding euthanasia is yours. If you are unsure about your decision, you may want to set up a time to speak with your veterinarian and have your pet examined. Your veterinarian can counsel you on your pet’s condition and their quality of life and what may be possible to improve it. We will help you to decide if we have reached a point where all of the love and therapies are no longer enough.
    It is always difficult to accept that your pet is at the end stage of their life, but know that euthanasia is the final unselfish act of love and kindness your can offer to your beloved friend.

    Who Decides
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    Grief is a healthy and normal feeling after the loss of your pet. Emotions are strong and you may feel sad, angry, guilty and alone. While nothing we say will erase that pain, know that we offer you our complete support, a shoulder to cry on, and a listening ear.
    It is important to grieve your loss but remember that you gave your friend the gift of a happy and fulfilling life by your side and that is very special.
    If you need help during the grieving process we can provide you with available resources for pet loss support.

    Grieving
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    When the day comes to say goodbye, we will be there to guide you every step of the way. You will be escorted to a quiet room where we will discuss your final wishes and answer any questions you may have.
    Appropriate forms must be signed allowing for the procedure to take place. Your pet will have an intravenous catheter placed and a mild sedative will be given. These will help provide a calm and peaceful transition into sleep.
    You and your family may be with your pet during this time. The Doctor will explain the process so you know what to expect. You may spend as much time as you need before and after the procedure.

    A Gentle Process

Memorializing your Pet

Your pet’s aftercare will be handled with respect, dignity and compassion.  You are able to make arrangements for the cremation of your pet.  Cremation may be communal or individual.  In a communal or group cremation you do not receive their ashes, they are collected and placed in a burial lot. With an individual cremation, you will receive your pet’s ashes in an urn of your choice.

You may also choose to have a memorial pawprint to keep as a remembrance.

Please feel free to inquire about additional personalized options.

www.gatewaypetmemorial.com