We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Although it is a difficult decision to make, euthanasia can be a gentle and humane end to a wonderful life. We would like to make this experience as peaceful as possible for you and your pet. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you during this transition.
What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?
The decision to euthanize a pet is difficult and emotional. It is best to book an appointment with your veterinarian to assess your pet’s quality of life.
What options do I have for cremation of my pet’s remains?
There are a few options and prices available depending on what you would like to have done with your pet’s remains. Our cremation services are provided by Okanagan Pet Cremation. Okanagan Pet Cremation will scatter your pet’s ashes on their beautiful property on your behalf.
If you prefer, there is also the option of a private cremation and you can have your pet’s ashes returned to you in either an urn or a scatter box. Please click here for a full list of urns offered by Okanagan Pet Cremation.
How is the euthanasia drug administered?
Upon arriving at the clinic, we will sedate your pet to allow them to feel more relaxed. We will proceed with the euthanasia process once your pet is comfortable and at ease. The veterinarian will then shave a spot on your pet’s leg to locate a vein. They will then inject a barbiturate into your pet’s bloodstream. Soon after the injection, your pet will peacefully go to sleep as the heart stops beating.
What is the cost of pet euthanasia?
There are many options for the euthanasia process. Please contact us with your questions or choices and we can advise you on the potential costs.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.374.1485. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic