If you are visiting this webpage chances are you or someone you care about has either lost or is preparing to lose a very dear and special companion. Animal companions are true gifts to those who welcome them in and open their hearts to the companionship they offer. All of us at Hilton Animal Hospital recognize, respect, and support the human-animal bond. We all own and have-owned pets; and we know how hard it is to lose your beloved friend.
This web page contains various resources related to the loss of a pet. If there is anything that we can do to help, please give us a call or send us an email.
At Hilton Animal Hospital, we are here to support you through all the stages of your animal’s life, even the tough ones. End of life care for your pet brings about both difficult and emotional decisions. We will talk with you about the euthanasia process so you are prepared before the actual procedure. All our euthanasia procedures are performed in our hospital. Owners may stay with their pet through the entire process, while others may elect not to be present. In cases where the owner is not present, our compassionate staff will hold and comfort their pet, and ensure that their pet died peacefully and with dignity.
For clients that would like to have their pet euthanized at home please see the section on "In Home Euthanasia" below.
We offer private cremation or communal cremation through Nansemond Pet Cremation Services. Our staff will handle all the arrangements for you and notify you once ashes have been returned.
For more information please read: Coping With The Death Of Your Pet [PDF]