At Grandview Animal Hospital, we understand that deciding when to say goodbye to your beloved canine or feline family member can be one of the most difficult decisions that you face as a pet parent. This decision is a personal one, but it does not have to be one that you make alone. The Grandview family is willing and able to provide you with the support you need every step of the way. You may have a lot of questions, which we are happy to answer, so do not hesitate to ask. As your pet’s care team, we cannot make the decision for you, but we do offer resources that can help you in making the right decision for you and your pet. We believe that it is important that you fully understand your pet's health conditions, and we have resources that allow you to look at your pet's quality of life with a more objective eye. Behaviours such as a refusal to eat or drink, obvious signs of pain, lack of self-grooming (especially in cats), sudden aggression, and lack of interest in their usual favourite activities may indicate that it is time to speak to your vet.
We welcome all family members to come and say goodbye to their pet. If you wish to have your children present, that decision is always up to you. Allowing your children and other family members to be present allows your pet to pass while surrounded by those that love them most.
When you have made the decision and come in for the appointment, we will discuss all aftercare options that are available to you and your family. We understand that this can be a difficult discussion, and it is not always easy to make decisions at that moment. If you would like to discuss aftercare options prior to coming into the clinic, please give us a call or send us an email, and someone will go through everything with you beforehand.
As a pet parent, you feel a responsibility for protecting and supporting your pet’s life. Thinking about saying goodbye can bring up feelings of confusion, guilt, sadness, and even anger. All these feelings are a completely normal part of deciding when to say goodbye. We want to encourage you as you work through those feelings, and if you would benefit from pet loss resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to the ones we’ve listed below.
If there are any questions that you have about any part of this process, please call the clinic at 905-643-4189 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and a team member will be able to help you.