Compassionate Pet Euthanasia
Our comfortable care center is the perfect “home away from home” environment featuring spacious rooms to accommodate more family members and/or other pets during the process of saying goodbye.
“There’s a wondrous Golden Harbour, far beyond the setting sun, where a gallant ship may anchor when her fighting days are done”
– Captain Ronald A. Hopwood
Fair Winds is committed to providing the most compassionate and comfortable euthanasia experience possible for you and your companion. We took an extraordinary amount of time planning and implementing the design of our comfort rooms to simulate the experience of exiting a ship after its arrival to shore. We wanted it to look like the opposite of a veterinary hospital to reduce the fear some pets have with being in that type of setting.
The space features two large comfort rooms, “Starboard” and “Portside”, each featuring plush couches, comfy chairs, an area rug, soft lighting, stunning coastal-themed artwork, a soothing water fountain, plenty of tissues, and a bluetooth speaker to allow you to create your own playlist of songs, readings, sounds, prayers, or meaningful thoughts to create the experience you desire for you and your pet in that moment.
You may reach out to us by phone, text, email or by filling out a contact form on our website to schedule a final visit at Fair Winds. We will help guide you in your farewell, making sure every wish for your journey is granted to the best of our abilities. We offer online scheduling as well for those who prefer to use this method.
The Euthanasia Procedure
Dr. Cornelius will begin by gently administering a combination of medications designed to eliminate your pet’s pain first, then cause deep relaxation into sedation, and finally a transition into anesthesia after a period of 10-15 minutes.
After anesthesia achieved in your pet, they will no longer feel any pain nor are they conscious of their surroundings. For many families, this is the first time in awhile that they’ve experienced their pet in such a relaxed, peaceful state, free from all mental and physical distress.
Once you are comfortable with moving forward, Dr. Cornelius will then administer a medication that depresses the function of the brain and respiratory system enough to cause respirations to stop; the lack of oxygen to tissue that requires it to function causes organs to stop working, including the heart, which stops naturally on its own shortly after respirations cease. Your pet passes peacefully in their sleep, often the goal for families at the end of their companion’s life.
The Ship of Life
Along the shore I spy a ship
As she sets out to sea;
She spreads her sails and sniffs the breeze
And slips away from me.
I watch her fading image shrink,
As she moves on and on,
Until at last she’s but a speck,
Then someone says, “She’s gone.”
Gone where? Gone only from our sight
And from our farewell cries;
That ship will somewhere reappear
To other eager eyes.
Beyond the dim horizon’s rim
Resound the welcome drums,
And while we’re crying, “There she goes!”
They’re shouting, “Here she comes!”
We’re built to cruise for but a while
Upon this trackless sea
Until one day we sail away
– John T. Baker
Below are all of the veterinary services we offer at Fair Winds Pet Hospice. If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to Contact us.