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Dog Euthanasia

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.

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Last updated: September 29, 2021

Dear valued clients,

Given the current state of the pandemic in Alberta, we have made the decision to return to a closed-door protocol in an effort to do our best to help control the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of you and all our staff is our top priority so that we can continue to offer your pets the care they deserve. We ask for your patience and understanding while we navigate these challenging times together.

When you arrive for your appointment, please give us a call from your vehicle. We will ask a few questions before we start the appointment and ensure we have all of your information. We will then meet you and your pet at the door. For all appointments, we ask that you wait in your vehicle in the parking lot while your pet is being examined. The doctor will give you a call once your pet is in the clinic so we ask that you have your cell phone on at all times so there are no delays.

If you are picking up food or medication, give us a call and we will put your order in the bins outside the front Dog Entrance. Please note that you can purchase your food through our online store. Just head over to our website https://www.airdrievets.com/ and choose the online store tab at the top.

Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.

- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre