The Animal Clinic Aftercare Mission
At The Animal Clinic, we understand that pets are family, and that saying goodbye is never easy. Making decisions about their aftercare can be challenging and overwhelming, especially when emotions are running high.
Our staff makes every effort to go above and beyond for you and your pet throughout end of life care and aftercare. We strive to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible to allow families space to grieve and heal at their own pace.
When that fateful day does arrive, how will you cope with the loss of your pet? Will you have discovered beforehand what options you have with respect to burial or cremation? Do you know the costs and advantages associated with each option?
Many find that having these arrangements made prior to the appointment can help to relieve the pressure making these decisions later can cause, and allow them to look back with confidence in their choices.
Each individual copes with the loss of a pet differently. It is our job to ease that loss as much as possible by providing the resources and support needed for your unique situation.
Questions to Consider When Pre-Planning for The Loss of Your Pet
- If your pet must be euthanized, would you prefer it to be performed at home or at your veterinary clinic?
- If you prefer a home euthanasia, does your veterinary clinic provide this service?
- What would you like to do with your pet’s remains (your pet’s after-care)?
- Would you like a funeral service for your pet (a service of some type does help provide closure)?
- How would you like to memorialize your pet?
- What are all of the services offered and what are the associated costs?
We provide information regarding the services we can offer our clients. Pet owners should contact their vet clinic to determine both the nature of the services the clinic can provide the timeline between a euthanasia and the return of the pet’s ashes (if cremation is preferred).
For those pet owners desiring burial rather than cremation, we suggest pet owners look into possible by-law restrictions should they desire a “home burial”. Burial costs in a pet cemetery may require an initial charge plus an annual maintenance fee. We are happy to provide information regarding the locations and contact numbers for pet cemeteries Ontario.
GRIEF SUPPORT AFTER PET LOSS
Durham Region/York Region & East:
Thistledown Pet Memorial
Phone: (905) 852-5648
Address: 4766 Concession 7, RR4, Uxbridge, ON L9P1R4
Peterborough Pet Loss Support Group
Phone: (705) 748-0487
Contact: Lily Gallagher
Address: 294 Aylmer St beside Montreal House
(meet 1st Tuesday of every month)
Mississauga & West:
Halton/Peel Pet Loss Support Group
Phone (leave a message for the pet loss support group):
905-842-2252 (Oakville); 905-272-4040 (Mississauga); 905-637-5233 (Burlington)
Beneficial Living and Wellness (Burlington)
Phone: (905) 467-0418
Address: 586 Argus Road, Suite 100, Oakville
Ontario Veterinary College Pet Loss Support Hotline
Phone: (519) 824-4120 (ext. 53694)
Please call Tuesday-Thursday (6:00pm - 9:00pm ET)
Toronto (Metropolitan Area):
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: (416) 392-2273
Address: 11 River St. Toronto, ON M5A 4C2
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