End of Life Care

Gentle, Caring Service During Difficult Times


Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital End of Life Care

Losing a pet is one of the most difficult experiences for any owner, and our team is here to offer compassionate guidance to you and your family. Whether your pet is entering his or her golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, we help you determine the appropriate course of action to minimize any pain and discomfort your pet may experience.

How to Know When It’s Time

In some situations, our staff is able to make a definitive recommendation regarding euthanasia. However, there may be times when you must ultimately make the decision based on our medical prognosis and what you observe in your pet’s behavior. The following are common signs that your cat or dog is no longer experiencing a high quality of life:


  • Frequent vomiting or diarrhea
  • He or she has stopped eating or will only eat when forced
  • Frequent incontinence
  • Loss of interest in all or most of his or her favorite activities
  • Chronic labored breathing or coughing
  • Unable to stand or walk independently
What to Expect
Once a decision is made, we will thoroughly review the procedure with you to make sure you’re as prepared as possible when the day arrives. The entire process takes 10 to 20 seconds and is similar to what you would feel when undergoing general anesthesia for a surgical procedure.

It’s an individual choice whether you or your family are present that day, and our team will help counsel you through the various decisions that must be made. Our hospital also offers cremation services for those who choose this option.

While we’re always sensitive to our clients’ needs, we’re especially aware of what a painful and difficult time this can be. Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital is here to provide the gentle, compassionate care you, your pet, and your family deserve.

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