Quality of Life Assessment
First, let’s start with assessing your pet’s quality of life. This may be difficult to do without letting your emotions sway your assessment. Please refer to Veterinary Partner Quality of Life Scale which will help you to numerically grade your pets’ quality of life in an objective way. If you decide that it is time to euthanize your pet, there are more questions to ask yourself:
Should you be present?
This is a very personal decision that must only be made by you. Some people choose to be with their pet as they pass on, and others are not comfortable with that. No matter which option you choose, we will make sure to make their transition is as peaceful and humane as possible.
Body Care Options
Due to Apple Valley city regulations, burying your pet at home is not permitted. However, we do work with an outside cremation company who carry out the cremation services for East Valley Animal Clinic. You may decide that you do not want your pets’ ashes returned to you. Another option is to request to have your pet cremated individually and in those cases, their ashes are returned to you. We have worked with this company for many years and trust in them fully.
If you choose to have your pet cremated individually, there are different choices as to how you receive your ashes. Your pet will be returned in a wooden "friendship urn" complete with an engraved name plate. The cremation service also offers a wide variety of other urns and keepsakes if you would like to choose something personalized. If you would like to look at urns, click HERE to view the catalog.
Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota Pet Loss Support Group
Animal Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group
Author of Good Grief: Finding Peace after pet loss
Animal Chaplain/Grief counselor
Good Grief: Finding peace after pet loss
by: Sid Korpi
Coping with sorrow on the loss of your pet
by: Moira Anderson Allen
When your pet dies: A guide to mourning, remembering and healing
by: Alan D. Wolfelt PhD