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End of Life Services & Resources

Determining when to put a pet to sleep, making the final decision to say goodbye, and processing the loss of your pet can be very overwhelming, which is why we're here to guide and support you and your family through each step of the journey. Click one of the buttons below to learn more about the resources and services we offer.

Defining Quality of Life

Understanding your pet's illness and end-of-life needs can be overwhelming. To assist you and your family in the process, we have gathered several resources to help explain what is "quality of life," how to determine whether a pet is still experiencing a good quality of life, and what options you have when the level of suffering is no longer acceptable.

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End of Life Services

When the time comes to say goodbye to our pets, this is one of the hardest moments of our lives. To help you and your family with the process, we provide a variety of compassionate services to help you through this process. Learn more about what you should expect, the costs associated, and pet cremation options.

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Grief Resources

We know how difficult and emotionally challenging it is to put your pet to sleep, so we have collected resources to help you process the loss. From hotlines to tips on how to cope, learn more about the best ways to begin processing you and your family's painful loss.

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DCES Social Worker

DCES has a full-time veterinary social worker to provide the help you need as a pet owner to make the best choices regarding your pet's care. Whether you're in need of short-term support or grief resources, you can e-mail our social worker, Emmaly, at anytime. Please note, it might take 24-48 hours for her to respond. For immediate support, please visit our grief resources for 24/7 hotlines.

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