My pet is terminal and its time.  When should I schedule and can I stay or should I go? 

We use the services of Ponderosa Pet Crematorylocated in Flagstaff.   Russell Mann and his staff are very respectful and understand the profound loss you are feeling.  Russell will pick your pet up from our clinic and return the cremains to us.  We have several cremation options to choose from.  We have had clients who prefer to take their pets back home with them for burial, as well.  

Saying good-bye to someone you love dearly is never easy.


We know how difficult it is to say good-bye to a cherished pet.  And watching our pets go through the aging process can be hard.  How do we differentiate between natural aging and illness?  How do we know when it's the right time? We recommend all pets be examined prior to making the final decision.  There are many things we can do to help your pet if there is an underlying cause for the behavioral or physical changes your pet may be experiencing.  We've had several cases where owners thought they would be saying good-bye only to find their pet's condition was something treatable.


Here are some things to ask yourself: 

  1. Does my pet have more good days than bad days?
  2. Is my pet still interested in doing the things he once enjoyed or has he lost interest in them?
  3. Is my pet still happy to see me at the end of the day?  Or does he seem depressed and uninterested?
  4. Is my pet able to go to the bathroom unassisted? Or is he having more accidents in the house or trouble going to the bathroom, i.e. posturing to have a bowel movement, leaking urine while sleeping?
  5. Is my pet able to get up on his own? Is he painful getting up or whimpering or yelping if picked up?
  6. Is my pet still eating and drinking as much as he usually does? Does he still eat his treats with enthusiasm?  
  7. Has my pet lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time?
  8. Does my pet seem less interested in giving or receiving affection, or hiding more and seeking to be alone more than normal?
  9. Does my pet show signs of dementia or confusion? Does he seem more restless, pace more, and appear unable to settle down (especially at night)





I have a 5 year old dog I don't want anymore.

Will you euthanize it?

We do not perform convenience euthanasia under any circumstance.  Not wanting a pet anymore is not a reason to euthanize.  There are many reputable shelters and rescues who may be able to rehome your dog. Call our office for referrals.  If behavior issues are a problem and medical issues have been ruled out for the behavior issues, finding a reputable trainer or behaviorist would be the next logical step.  

We understand how frightening the unknown can be.  Here's an explanation of how we perform euthanasia. Our euthanasia process is performed in two parts. The first part of the process will involve the use of a sedative to make the pet more relaxed and comfortable. The sedative usually takes effect within 5-10 minutes.  Once the sedation has taken effect, the nurse will hold off a front leg vein for the doctor.  He may need to shave a small area to visualize the vein. He will then place a butterfly catheter for the final injection of euthanasia solution.  The solution works within seconds and the pet's passing is peaceful and painless.   We encourage everyone to pet and talk their pet as they transition from this life.  

What after-care options to you provide? 

Absolutely nothing!  People grieve in different ways and at different times.  You have suffered a profound loss.  Give yourself time to heal.  Pets play a huge part of our lives.  They are our only source of true unconditional love. Be gentle with yourself.  Here are some excellent tips from an article in Psychology Today to help you as you grieve.  And if you need a compassionate ear, please don't hesitate to call us. We understand your loss.

We are sorry that you are having to go through this difficult time.  Every single one of us here has had to make this agonizing decision at least once in our lives.  Our goal is to help you and your pet through the process as peacefully and respectfully as possible.  We like to schedule these events during quieter times, usually mid-morning or at the end of the day to give you as much time and privacy as you need while you grieve your loved one. Many will bring a favorite blanket or toy with their pet for their pet's comfort.    Many chose to stay with their pet during the euthanasia process, however a small amount of people chose not too.  The choice to stay or not is a very personal one.    


I euthanized my pet weeks ago and can't stop crying. What's wrong with me? 

How do I tell my children? Should I bring them along? 

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We also accept cash and offer a 5% discount on any services over $200.00

Telling a child of a pet's passing or upcoming euthanasia can difficult. This article from theKid's Health Organizationis an excellent tool to help you decide on what to say or how much to say.  Here is another great article from AAHA.

I want to be with my pet, but I have never been through this process. What happens?

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PLEASE NOTE:


With the rising number of homeless pets in shelters who need good homes, we recommend all pets be spayed and neutered.  Williams Veterinary Clinic will not see those who are breeding their animals for money or show. Please check with Flagstaff area veterinarians for your pet care needs. 

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