We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Dog Euthanasia

To all of us who’ve ever had the unconditional love of a dog, will dread the time when we have to say goodbye to them. This time comes to us all I’m afraid, so we want to make it as stress-free, comfortable and painless for all those involved. Our veterinarians are the best-qualified people to help guide you through this challenging process. In some cases, your veterinarian may be able to tell you definitively that it’s time to euthanize your pet, but in others, you may ultimately need to make your decision based on your observation of your pet’s behaviour.

What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?

Euthanasia is the humane ending of a pet’s life. Pet euthanasia is a massive overdose of anesthesia. A tired, relaxing, falling asleep feeling is what your pet experiences. First, a calming sedative can be given under the skin, if your pet seems anxious or scared. Once relaxed, an intravenous injection of a solution of pharmaceutical agents will be administered, that will quickly stop the heart and brain functions usually within 1-2 minutes. When there are more bad days than good, or if your dog is suffering, you will know when the time is right.

Can I say goodbye to my pet in the comfort of our home?

Yes, for sure. A lot of house call vets will euthanize your dog in the comfort of your own home. Some people find this a better option as they can be in their own home, the dog is more relaxed, and the family can grieve in peace.

How is the euthanasia drug administered?

The euthanasia drug is administered via injection, into the vein, on the front leg. Once a catheter is placed and the family is ready, the veterinarian inserts the needle into the catheter and slowly administers the drug.

What is the cost of pet euthanasia?

Please call us to know more about Euthanasia prices. Prices for cremation depends on whether the client would like ashes back or not. Also, different types of ceramic and wooden urns are available. We also offer clay paw print impressions too.

Does your clinic provide bereavement counselling?

No we don’t, but we can certainly help the client find some information.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Monday, May 25, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic