Euthanasia and Cremation

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies, that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so  they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine. And our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of the days and times gone by.

We provide compassionate euthanasia services for our patients at our hospital.The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing-they miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks up into the distance. His bright eyes are intent: his eager body begins to quiver.

Suddenly he begins to run from the group. Flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your beloved pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together…………..

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When the time comes to say goodbye, it is a difficult one for families to face. The passing of a beloved pet creates a huge void in your life. As pet owners and lovers ourselves, we know how it feels to lose a friend and faithful companion.

Unfortunately the time will come in almost every pet owner’s life when they are faced with the decision to ensure their beloved pet no longer suffers. As veterinarians we will help guide you through your decision process and ensure that you understand all the options available for your pet. We want to ensure that you feel confident with your final decision and what is best for your pet.

The process involves an intravenous injection. The procedure is very quick and painless and performed with the utmost respect and compassion for you and your pet.

In some circumstances clients will request that the veterinarian come to their home to perform the euthanasia. Unfortunately, we can only provide this service to clientele of Amherst Veterinary Hospital. It is essential that we have a standing relationship and history with the patient to ensure euthanasia is the appropriate measure to be taken. These special arrangements can be made if there is advance notice and there is a veterinarian and a technician available who can travel to your home. There is an additional fee for this service.

Whether the procedure is performed in our clinic or your home, our staff will do their best to create a calm and peaceful environment for you to say goodbye to your pet. When the procedure is completed, the veterinarian and technician will ensure respectful handling of your pet’s remains.

Read our blog post: Euthanasia – How do you know it’s time.


After you have lost a beloved pet, we ensure that the cremation process is dealt with in a compassionate, caring and timely manner. Most cities and municipalities have strict bylaws regarding the disposal of a pet’s remains. Because there are chemicals involved in the euthanasia process, burying a pet on your property will create an environmental and health hazard to others. We work closely with the companies that provide cremation services ( and we are pleased with the respect and care that they take in managing tihs process.

Private Cremation

Private cremation is an option for those who wish to retain the remains of their loved one. This service includes the company taking possession of your pet from us, the cremation process and the delivery of the ashes back to the clinic for you or a family member to pick up. A private cremation means that your pet is individually placed into the cremation chamber and then cremated. This ensures that only your pet’s ashes are collected after the cremation process. The ashes are carefully sealed in a plastic bag and interred into a cedar chest and returned to the clinic for you.

Regular Cremation

A communal cremation is offered for those owners who prefer not to retain their pet’s remains. This option offers the highest level of dignity at a more modest cost than private cremation.

Paw Print Keepsake

Should you wish to have a permanent keepsake of your pet, we can arrange for an impression of your pet’s paw print to be cast in a ceramic plaque in a colour of your choice. Please feel free to discuss your requirements with our staff.

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