End-of-Life Care

Saying good-bye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult situations a pet owner will ever encounter, but trying to decide when it is time to say good-bye can be even more difficult. There are times when all the capabilities of medical science have been exhausted and euthanasia is the only way to prevent an animal from suffering needlessly. However, the decision regarding when to euthanize is fraught with medical, financial, ethical, religious, moral, and sometimes legal considerations. Euthanasia is therefore a medical procedure that needs to be discussed (however painful that discussion may be) and considered thoroughly before a final decision is made. Let us help you through this difficult time.

Deciding when your pet may need hospice care or euthanasia is a very personal and private decision, but that doesn’t mean you have to make this difficult choice on your own. Our hospice and humane euthanasia services are conducted with respect, compassion, and care. Before you struggle through one more day with a sick, elderly, or terminally ill pet that is suffering, call us to learn how we can help.

The Process

Call to schedule an appointment and the receptionist will gather information such as your name, address, phone number and your pet’s name, sex and weight, give you an estimate of the cost . We insist on pre-paying so that you have one less stress during euthanasia. Once scheduled you are set. You can also talk to a veterinarian if needed.

Arrival & Preparation

At your appointed time the doctor and assistant will arrive, greet you and your pet and discuss your reasons for euthanasia and any available diagnostic or treatment options if you so desire. You will need to sign a euthanasia authorization form. The Animal Hospital of Martinsville sedates all pets before any euthanasia solution is given.


Once everything is in place, and you are ready, our doctors will administer the euthanasia solution. Our doctors will listen to your pet’s heart and will let you know when your pet has passed. This is a peaceful painless process.

Cremation & Memorials

Our clinics uses Pet Angel for cremation. Pet Angel visits our clinic once weekly on Wednesdays. If you have chosen a private cremation, where you receive your pet’s ashes, it takes approximately 1 to 2 weeks to have them returned. Pet Angel also offers communal cremation where you do not receive any ashes.

Owner After Care

You may keep your pet’s body and arrange for your own cremation services or for home burial on your property, if local ordinances allow it. It is recommended you bury your pet with at least 3 feet of soil above it.