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What to expect when it’s time

Once you have made the decision to euthanize your pet, the next step is making the appointment. The timing is often critical, and you may need to act quickly. If you do have the time to plan ahead, some people prefer to spend a few final days with their pet. Consider the time of day and the day of the week. You will need time before and after to deal with your emotions. You may need to take a day or two off from work. Do not hesitate to care for yourself. You are important. You are making this very critical decision based on what is best for your pet. Make some decisions that are the best for you, as well.

At the time of the euthanasia appointment the procedure will be explained to you according to your interest level and comfort.  Feel free to ask questions if needed.  Everything will be done at the pace you and your pet dictate.  The actual procedure is quite simple and peaceful.  Once you and your pet are ready, the final drug is given.  It works very rapidly, only seconds in most cases. Dr Daniels will then confirm that your pet has passed on.  After, you may continue to spend as much time as you need with your pet. 

The care for your pet’s remains is a very personal decision.  Every family will be different and the choice is yours alone to make. Three options are available when considering aftercare of your pet's remains.

Private cremation.  With this option, your pet is cremated privately by Pet Angels Crematory.  Pet Angels Crematory will pick your pet up from Largo Veterinary Hospital. The cremation process takes a few days and once completed Pet Angels will deliver your pets’ ashes to Largo Veterinary Hospital at which time we will notify you.

Communal cremation.  Pets are cremated with other pets and ashes are scattered together.

Home Burial - You may elect to bury your pet at your home.

Our staff members are also pet owners and, therefore, we understand the bond between humans and animals and the difficulty of losing a cherished pet, it's no different for us. We have shaped our views, techniques, procedures, and perceptions on euthanasia from our own experiences. The best we can imagine for our own babies is the best we can provide for you.