How Does the Process Work

Current clients: When you feel ready to make the appointment for euthanasia, please call us. You may have decided to euthanize your pet that same day, or you may want to make an appointment a few days in advance. That is entirely your choice, and we will work with you in either case. When you call, you will be asked if you would like to take your pet home for burial, or if you would like to have your pet cremated. We also will ask if you would like to pay at the time of your appointment or if you would prefer to receive an invoice which you may pay the following week.

Non-clients: If we have time in our schedule, we may be able to assist with your pet's euthanasia; however, our practice is extremely busy, and we may not be able to fit you in. CPVETS on Martin Street in State College is open 24/7 and can assist you if we cannot. If we can accommodate you, you will be asked if you would like to take your pet home for burial, or if you would like to have your pet cremated. In either case, payment is required at the time of services.

We have two options for cremation:

  1. Mass cremation means that we complete the care of your pet after its passing. It is sent to the facility with which we work and you do not receive any mementos back other than a complimentary paw print which is made by our staff.

  2. Private cremation ensures that your pet is cremated privately and separately from any other animals in a newly-cleaned and sanitized crematory. Your pet’s ashes are gathered and returned to you in a velvet pouch in an “urn,” which in most cases is a hand-carved wooden box. Other options are available if you prefer. Also in this care, we offer you a complimentary paw print made by our staff.

The following article may be helpful to you in deciding what you want to do with your pet’s body after euthanasia is completed. The Final Farewell: How to Handle a Pet’s Remains

On the day of your appointment, you may call from your car rather than entering the building. We prepare a room in advance so that when you arrive, you and your pet do not need to sit in the waiting room but are ushered directly into a room. If you need assistance to bring in your pet, please let us know. We have both a stretcher and a lift table available for larger dogs who are unable to walk.

When you are ready, the veterinarian often will administer a sedative which will let your pet fall asleep. Your pet will still be breathing at this time. When you have said your final goodbyes, a second injection will be administered to euthanize your pet by stopping its heart. Afterward, the veterinarian will check to ensure there is no heartbeat, and you may spend time with your pet in the room and leave when you are ready.

​​​​​​​If you have chosen to receive a paw print and/or your pet's ashes back, we will call you when those are ready for pickup.
​​​​​​​When It's Time To Say Farewell

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