Lincoln Land Animal Clinic, Ltd

1150 Tendick
Jacksonville, IL 62650

(217)245-9508

lincolnlandac.com

Euthanasia

Euthanasia is  defined as a "kind death" and, in veterinary medicine, is the act of ending an animals life with compassion and dignity.

Pet owners often wonder:

How is it performed?

How do I know if its time?

Should I be present?

What happens to my pet afterward?

Where can I get support or grief counseling?

Please keep reading to find the answers to these questions.

How is it performed?
At Lincoln land Animal Clinic we strive to make the experience as painless as possible for the pet.  

First, we inject your pet with a sedative to make them fall asleep. Then we shave a small patch of fur off a leg and dampen the area with alcohol to make the vein more visible.  The euthanasia solution is injected directly into the vein and the pet generally passes away within a few minutes.  This is generally a very peaceful process and the kindest way we know to say goodbye to our beloved friends.

How do I know when it is time?
The decision regarding the euthanasia of a beloved pet may be the most difficult decision you make in life; obviously, the consequences are irrevocable.  Whatever the decision is, it should be one that you can always look back upon and know that the best decision  was made and that you would make the same decision over again in the same circumstances.

So how do you know if it is time? There are several criteria used in evaluating the quality of life and you should consider them carefully.

  • Is your pet eating? Quality of life involves eating or,  at least, interest in food. An animal that is hungry has vitality that must be considered, though this is not the only consideration.
  • Is your pet comfortable? Pets should be free of debilitating pains, cramps, aches, or even psychological pain that comes from the development of incontinence in an animal who has been housetrained for an entire life.
  • Does the pet still enjoy favorite activities? The elderly pet does not necessarily need to continue chasing balls or jumping after discs but he should enjoy sleeping comfortably, favorite resting spots, the company of family, etc.  You know your pet better than any one and only you can truly answer these questions.

Should I be present?
This is a very personal decision. We welcome clients during the process however we understand that many do not feel comfortable witnessing the death of a pet.

What happens to my pet after euthanasia?
If you live outside the city limits you can bring your pet home to bury.  Private services can sometimes be arranged through a local funeral home.

Another option is to send your pet's remains to be cremated.  There is an extra charge for this service.  Three cremation choices are available:

  • Group Cremation: Your pet is cremated with the remains of other pets and the ashes are not returned to you.
  • Companion Animal Cremation: Your pet is cremated in a  separate compartment of a large crematorium at the same time as other pets. The ashes are returned to you in two to three weeks.
  • VIP Cremation: Your pet is cremated in a small individual crematorium and is the only pet cremated at that time.  The ashes are returned to you in two to three weeks.

Grief Counseling
For many owners, the bond we share with our pets is often as strong or stronger than our relationships with other people. This can make it very difficult to cope with the loss when a pet dies. There are many resources available for grieving pet owners, a few are listed below:

Everyone copes with loss in a different way. If you would like to memorialize your pet on our website please send us a picture and your sentiments and we will add them to our Gone But Not Forgotten page.