End of Life Care

If They Could Live Forever…


Making the decision to end the life of a beloved friend and family member is never an easy decision and can be a devastating experience. Everyone on the AVH staff knows first-hand the grief and hurt you may experience and we try to emphasize compassionate hospice care to ease the suffering of patients that may have long term illnesses or extreme pain. Since you know your pet best, our staff will work with you so that the transition is calm and peaceful, and help in any way that we can to help you with one of the hardest decisions we face as pet owners. To help our pet parents have a better understanding of their pet’s quality of life, needs and care, the staff of Auburn Veterinary Hospital has designed a guide called “Determining Quality of Life & Palliative Care”.

After considering your pets declining quality of life and the state of their health we can offer humane euthanasia when the time is considered appropriate. End of Life services are provided with compassion and understanding and every consideration is made to help guide our clients through the process. Euthanasia literally means “easy and painless death.” As a pet parent you may choose to be involved as little or as much as you want throughout the process and you can take as much time as you need with your beloved pet to honor the bond you share with them.


After the passing of a cherished pet we often find that owners look for a special way to honor their pet’s memory. Currently, Auburn Veterinary Hospital works with the pet division of DeJohn Funeral Home who provide many options for pet memorials including specialized and personalized urns, garden memorial stones, and many other options. DeJohn Funeral Home also provides grief counseling services to help grieving pet parents cope with the loss of their cherished friend. Please visit DeJohn Funeral Home’s website to view your options.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s quality of life, humane euthanasia, or End-Of-Life services do not hesitate to contact one of our compassionate and understanding staff members.