End of Life Care
We understand that end of life care and the decision to euthanize are very difficult, and we will do what we can to help you through this trying time. There are many options for keeping your pet comfortable and to provide the best quality of life and dignity. We encourage you to speak to our staff about your pet's individual circumstances.
When you first call, we will schedule your appointment at a convenient time with one of our caring doctors. Upon arriving to our hospital, you will be immediately escorted to a large exam room with a private exit and comfortable space for your pet. A technician will enter the room and discuss the cremation and urn options, and to complete all necessary paperwork.
After all paperwork has been concluded, the doctor will answer any questions you may have about the procedure. You are welcome to stay for the procedure or you may leave. We understand this is an emotional time and your decision to stay or leave is a personal one.
If you choose to stay, we will temporarily remove your pet from the room for a final examination and to place an IV catheter for your pet's comfort. After this is completed, we will return him/her to you for a moment alone. When you are ready, the doctor will carefully administer a series of two injections to sedate and allow your pet to pass peacefully and quickly.
If you choose cremation services, we will call you when your pet’s remains have been returned to us, and you can pick them up when you are ready.
We know pets are members of our family and the grief process can be a trying one. Please let us know how we can be of assistance.
“A pet is not our whole life but can make our life whole.”
Pet Loss Support Group
Dorothy Hall, MS, RN
2nd and 4th Tuesdays every month, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Address: Villa Angela Care Center, 5700 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: (614) 895-3416
Dorothy has been facilitating pet loss support groups twice monthly for over ten years.
Losing a pet or the thought of losing a pet can be a very painful, confusing and frightening experience. An important part of your life is gone and you may be unsure about how to cope with your feelings.
By meeting with others in the Pet Loss Support Group you can begin to answer some of your questions and learn ways to cope with the pain. The Pet Loss Support Group is available at no charge to anyone who needs it. You do not need to call before attending and you may come to as few or as many sessions as you wish.
Sue Mocniak, MSW, LSW
Address: 500 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 10, Worthington, OH 43085
The nature of the bond or attachment we form with our pets differs per person, but for many the power of that bond is realized when they mourn the loss of their beloved companion animal. Our feelings of grief can be further intensified by the circumstances surrounding our pet’s loss, as well as the insensitivity of well meaning others who may not understand that bond. The pet loss experience is further complicated as the bereft pet owner experiences isolation, self-doubt and confusion about their emotional reaction. It is my sincere desire to help you through this very difficult time.