Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
There is never an easy way of approaching the end of your loved one’s life. At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we are here to provide a supportive environment in which your pet can pass gracefully during this sensitive time. We strive to make your last moments with your pet a comfortable experience. For those that wish to have a reminder of their dog, our clinic also offers a variety of elective cremation and memorial options customizable to your beloved pet.
What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?
Euthanasia is the medical administration of pharmaceuticals to help humanely end a pet’s life. Knowing when it is the right time is never an easy decision to make. Our veterinarians can help guide you through this difficult decision by assessing the quality of life of your animal.
Palliative Care, Euthanasia & END-OF-LIFE Counseling.
No one likes to think about palliative care and euthanasia, but they are important subjects. There comes a time in all of our lives when we and our pets need extra special care. This may be due to severe arthritis, internal health problems that require chronic medications, all the way to caring for a pet with cancer. With all of the advancements in medicine and surgery, there are still many conditions that can only be managed with palliation—keeping your pet comfortable without being able to cure him/her. The team at AAHC does our best to help you make the best decisions for you and your ailing pet. When a cure is not possible, there are many medications and treatments that can help your pet maintain a good quality of life.
When palliative care is no longer feasible, and a decision needs to be made on the quality of life, our team at AAHC can help to answer questions, provide an environment of support and care, and help your pet cross the rainbow bridge. Losing a beloved friend is one of the most heartbreaking stages of life a pet owner can go through. Nothing can relieve that pain other than time and support. We do everything we can to support you and your pet with this decision. We have a dedicated comfort room for discussions and for the actual euthanasia. This room provides a comfortable, quiet environment for grieving owners and their pets, away from the busier parts of the clinic.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre