Maritime Animal Hospital is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. Our facility offers a clean, safe and comfortable environment in which we are able to perform an extensive range of veterinary services. These services include:

  • Physical and Wellness Exams
  • Puppy and Kitten Programs
  • Flea and Tick Prevention
  • Deworming Programs
  • Complete Vaccination Programs
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Surgical Laser
  • Digital Radiology
  • Ultrasound
  • Dentistry
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Behavioural Counseling
  • Senior Health Care
  • Microchip Implantation
  • Nail Trims
  • Pet Food/Pet Products
Euthanasia

What to Expect When Euthanizing Your Pet at Maritime Animal Hospital

The term euthanasia is defined in veterinary medicine as: the act of humanely ending the life of a living being in order to end extreme suffering, typically as the result of a serious and irreversible medical condition; in animals, often called “putting to sleep”.

Making the decision to have your pet euthanized is very difficult. We have an objective Quality of Life assessment scale (available at request) that can be useful to decide when it might be time to consider euthanasia.

At Maritime Animal Hospital, we have developed a protocol to make things go as smoothly as possible. We prefer you book an appointment so that we may have things set up for you, and ensure we have care team members available to give you the time that is needed. When you arrive, we bring you and your pet into our comfort room, where there is a couch for you and a comfy blanket for your pet to lie on. Paperwork is usually done first, which includes signing a consent form, discussing after care for your pet, and payment of the invoice. This step can even be done before the day of your appointment. We will discuss the procedure and your preferences regarding sedation, whether you want to stay with your pet, or leave after the sedation.

Our goal is to decrease the stress involved for everyone, especially the pet, but also owners. Sedation can be very beneficial as your pet will become calm and very sleepy over a few minutes. Some pets are almost unconscious after sedation, others are mildly relaxed. Some will be a bit “twitchy”, and eyelids may or may not close. Breathing rate is often increased and some of the sedation medications can cause vomiting. Your pet’s health conditions can also have an impact on how effective sedation is. Once sedated, your pet will be brought to the treatment room for placement of an IV catheter by the technician and assistant, and then brought back to you in the comfort room. When you are ready, the veterinarian will administer the euthanasia solution through the IV catheter. You will be able to hold your pet if you wish. When you are ready, you may exit through the side door.

The medication used to perform euthanasia at our hospital is a barbiturate, which causes loss of consciousness first. This means that your pet will not be aware of anything that happens after this. Respiration is depressed and then heart function is also depressed until breathing and the heart beat has stopped. Sometimes muscles may contract, or urine may be released, but your pet will be unaware of this. Most animals do not close their eyes as the relaxed position for eyelids is open. Occasionally, after your pet has died, there will be a gasp or two; this comes from the reflex in the brain that tells the body to take another breath. The veterinarian stays with you until we are sure your pet has died. You can spend as much time as you need.

There are 2 options for cremation: You may choose a communal cremation with no ashes returned. Or you may choose a private cremation and your pets ashes will be returned to you in a temporary urn. Our cremation services are provided by Forget Me Not Pet Aftercare. You may purchase an urn or clay paw print. Of course, home burial is an option if you live outside city or town limits. 

 

In addition to these comprehensive services, we also offer emergency medical care and make house calls when necessary for our valued patients. Our facility also features an on-site laboratory for fast, accurate test results. For those who require assistance, financing is available through Medicard/Petcard.

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Wellness

Regular wellness visits are one of the most important components of your pet’s lifelong health. These visits allow us to get an accurate picture of your pet’s overall health and to identify any possible concerns before they become a problem. We offer a comprehensive wellness plan that cover your pets from kitten and puppyhood through the senior years, including physical exams, vaccination programs, flea and tick prevention, deworming and weight loss programs as well as nutritional and behavioural counseling. Together we will work toward helping your pet enjoy a happy and healthy life.

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Diagnostics

Diagnostic tools help us to look below the surface to uncover the root causes of certain symptoms, and accurately diagnose of a variety of illnesses and diseases. Maritime Animal Hospital offers a number of diagnostic services including digital radiology and ultrasound. We also feature an on-site laboratory that lets us quickly and accurately assess test results. Whatever the problem, our diagnostic services will help us get to the bottom of it and have your pet feeling healthy again in no time.

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Surgery

At Maritime Animal Hospital, our goal is to make every surgical procedure as stress-free and comfortable as possible. We perform a variety of surgical services, from routine spays and neuters to more complex orthopaedic and emergency surgeries. Our highly skilled staff uses innovative techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to deliver the highest quality veterinary surgery available to our patients in a clean, safe and comfortable environment. Laser surgery is also available for most procedures..

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Dental

At Maritime Animal Hospital, we know that good oral health is critical to your pet’s life and longevity. We provide a number of comprehensive dental care services including teeth cleaning and polishing and surgical extractions as required. We also work with our clients to develop at-home dental health maintenance plans. Together we will work to ensure your pet enjoys good dental health for life.

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