When the time comes for you to make that difficult decision that every pet owner dreads making, we are here for you. We are very attuned to making you and your pet feel as comfortable as possible
at such a difficult time. We will work with you in these difficult times by letting you stay by their side as you say goodbye if you choose. If it is too difficult for you to be there, one of our
compassionate staff members will stay with your beloved pet to comfort them and let them know how much you cared. We will treat your furry friend with the love and respect that we give our own
Euthanasia is a painless procedure in which we give an overdose of an anesthetic. It is as peaceful as it sounds and your pet will slip quickly to sleep without any pain and with all of the people and staff that they have learned to love by their side.
There are a few options to choose from as far as "after care." You may choose to take your pet home with you, but you may also decide that you aren't able to do that, and for this reason we have a few options. Faithful Companion Memorial is a cremation service owned by the Santeiu family and has been helping families in these difficult times for over 40 years and they are based out of Royal Oak, MI. They provide group cremation for those that do not want the remains back and would like them buried near a lake at Ortonville Pet Cemetery. They also offer private cremation in which you would receive your pet's remains back the next day. For more information and prices, we would encourage you to call them at (248) 435-7500 or visit their website at www.faithfulcompanion.com.
In an effort to make things as easy on you as possible, we will invoice you in the exam room before the procedure so that you do not have to wait at the front desk afterwards. This will allow you to spend as much time in the room as you need to to say goodbye.
We know this can be an overwhelming decision for you and we will do our very best to make you as comfortable as possible. If there is anything you would like to discuss, just call us and we will try to ease your mind.
Losing a friend, and that is what your pet is, is always very painful. Facing such a loss is not easy, and may evoke feelings of denial, anger, guilt, or depression before acceptance is reached. These reactions are entirely natural and should be expressed. Everyone grieves in his or her own way. You may experience some or all of these feelings, in varying degrees and for different lengths of time. Acknowledging them is an important step in the mourning process, one that will help you understand why you may have withdrawn from, or lashed out at, people who care about you. You should realize that it is perfectly natural to need comforting. It will not only help you cope with your emotions and adjust to life without your pet, but may also allow you, in the future, to provide welcome support to others around you who are experiencing the same loss.
Be honest. Children are very intuitive and know when something is wrong. In wanting to safeguard them from a painful experience, you may feel it's wiser to exclude them from the decision-making process. Once the decision is made, talk openly about what has happened. Provide your children with honest, simple answers that are appropriate for their age group, using terms they know and understand. Not only will they respect you for your honesty, but they will also be better prepared to deal with the situation.
Avoid euphemisms. Younger children can be confused by phrases like "went to sleep." Using such terms may lead to fear and cause some children to become anxious about actually going to sleep.
Encourage children to speak freely about their pet's death and give them the opportunity to vent their grief and sadness. Share some of your own feelings and involve them in the pet's funeral preparations, if any. This will help them deal with their concerns and give them the chance to say goodbye in their own way.
Make sure that children understand that no one is to blame for the pet's death. Such an occurrence may arouse their curiosity about death and its consequences in general. A factual, straightforward approach, using answers or illustrations appropriate for their age group, will help guide children through the grieving process and lead to their acceptance of the pet's death, without pangs of unnecessary guilt.
THE HEALING PROCESS
Even though we may not believe it at the time, the old adage "time heals" does hold true when we are faced with the loss of a beloved pet. Recognize that loss and give yourself the emotional time and space to grieve. Getting the sorrow, guilt and pain varies from person to person. Seek help. Many hotlines, chat rooms, message boards and support groups are available on the internet and at the humane society, and books on adult and child bereavement may help you better understand what you are experiencing. And, if you need to, don' t hesitate to reach out to others' personal and professional assistance. Call us, we would be more than willing to talk with you, that's what we are here for. Make a donation or volunteer your services to the Genesee County Humane Society or the Genesee County Animal Control. With time, the pain will lessen and you and your family will be able to fully cherish happy memories of your special friend.
Information courtesy or Schering-Plough
*Flushing Animal Hospital reserves the right to refuse euthanasia to healthy animals.
Flushing Animal Hospital & Pet Hotel
6302 W Pierson Rd
Flushing, MI 48433
Phone: (810) 659-1151
Or use our contact form.
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Veterinary care by appointment.
For after hours emergency care we recommend Great Lakes Pet Emergencies: (989) 752-1960
1221 Tittabawassee Rd Saginaw, MI 48604
Also available is Animal Emergency Hospital:
1148 E Bristol Rd Burton, MI 48529
We accept cash, check*, Visa**, MasterCard**, and Discover**.
*Will only take checks from regular clients, and must be from a local bank.
**Credit/Debit payments are subjet to a 2% surcharge.