End of Life Care

Cayuga Veterinary Services is there for you and your pet through all life stages.  We offer clear communication and compassion during difficult decisions.

How will I know when it’s time?

Deciding to euthanize your pet is one of life’s most difficult decisions and deciding when is the right time is up to you.  We are here to help you understand the seriousness of your pet’s condition and provide compassion in your time of need.  Your familiarity with your pet and their behavior enables you to focus on what is best for your pet’s comfort and your peace of mind.

Here are some things to consider.

  • Do the bad days outnumber the good days?

  • Does the pain of living outweigh the pleasure of life?

  • Is your pet unable to sleep comfortably?

  • Is your pet in chronic discomfort that is not alleviated by medication?

  • Has my pet stopped eating or drinking?

  • Is your pet unaware, uninterested, or withdrawn from their environment?

Please contact us if you need help answering these questions or need someone to discuss your pet's health concerns.

What to Expect During the Euthanasia Process

Euthanasia is a rapid, humane medical procedure to mercifully end a pet’s life.  In order to ensure the process is smooth and efficient, an IV catheter is placed in your pet’s leg in order to administer the medication.  An overdose inject of an anesthetic drug is administered which painlessly lowers the respiration and heart rate until both the brain and the heart cease to operate.  This process happens very painlessly and quickly.  Your pet will not experience any discomfort.

Remains Aftercare

You have several choices for the aftercare of your pet’s remains.

  • Individual cremation: your pet’s cremains are returned to you

  • Communal cremation: your pet’s is cremated and their cremains are not returned to you

  • Home burial: you may take your pet’s body home with you to bury on your private property. Please check with your municipal government to see if this is permitted in your town.


Grief is a normal process and every pet owner’s response to grief is different.  There are shared feelings that many people experience.  By understanding the grieving process, you can be better prepared to deal with your grief and to help other family members share in your loss.

Below are some animal support links to aid you with support and assistance

We also have a local pastor who is available to anyone at any time for grief counseling.  

Rev. Richelle Goff

Auburn United Methodist Church

99 South Street

Auburn, New York 13021


Cayuga Veterinary Services is here to help you through the happy times as well as the difficult times.  Please contact us if you need support or help during your challenging loss.