Euthanasia Services for Pets

Euthanasia is an emotionally devastating process for you and your family. This is the hardest part of having a furry companion in your life. Our veterinarians know how complicated it is to decide a pet needs to be euthanized. We are prepared to guide you through it. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns related to your pet’s end-of-life care by calling 250.591.4050.

How do you know if my pet needs to be euthanized?

Euthanasia is a humane solution to ending your pet’s suffering. Your pet may be ready for euthanasia if they have an incurable disease that is causing great discomfort. If your pet is constantly struggling to breathe or move due to permanent damage to their lungs or chronic pain, it may be time. Euthanasia is a compassionate choice for so many owners who would like to see their pets’ hardship come to an end.

What happens when a pet is euthanized?

It’s important to know that the process is painless. Whether you want to be in the room or not, your pet will be well cared for and will not suffer. We inject a heavy dose of seizure medication called pentobarbital. This causes them to go unconscious, eventually shutting down their heart and brain function.

What happens after?

When preparing for a pet’s euthanization, owners must decide how they would like to handle their pet’s body. They can be buried at a pet cemetery, in a special place (with the right permits/permissions), or cremated. We encourage a memorial service or a moment of remembrance with your loved ones to celebrate your pet’s life.

Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

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.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • 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

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Chase River Veterinary Hospital