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Euthanizing a pet is not an easy decision. We are here to discuss options and assist in every way we can during this difficult time.

A single budding flower set against a light gray background
A single budding flower set against a light gray background


Euthanasia is commonly referred to as “putting down” or “putting to sleep”. This is a very hard decision many pet owners must make at the last stage of their pet’s life.

Why euthanasia?

Just as we all age, so do our beloved pets. As much as we would love for all of our pets to be in our lives forever, there comes a time to say goodbye. Euthanasia offers a peaceful, controlled option for the end of our pet's life. Based on your pet's quality of life, euthanasia may be something to consider.

When is the time right?

Knowing when the time is right can be a difficult choice. There are many factors that go into deciding to euthanize an animal, and it is a personal issue that differs from pet owner to pet owner. Your top concern should be about your pet’s quality of life, difficulties that come with old age, and the pain they may be suffering.

What should I expect?

Our euthanasia process is designed to be as peaceful as possible. Once you and the doctor have determined that this is the best choice, your pet will have a drug administered that results in deep sedation. During the time it takes to reach this state, you and your family may remain with your pet. It is a quiet few minutes of saying goodbye. You may also choose to leave at this point, having bid your pet farewell, taking comfort in knowing it was calm and pain free.

How should I get more information or ask for help?

Our veterinarians are available to discuss your options. They are very familiar with the experience, and are able to talk about the process and the feelings that come with it. Please make an appointment or contact us for information on options, timelines, and references for support through the grieving process.


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

(315) 253-6295

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.