Making the decision to humanely euthanize a pet is never easy. Our veterinarians will help guide your decision making so that when the time comes you make a well informed decision that you are comfortable with. The Castro Animal Hospital provides a quiet room for you to say your 'good-byes' & allows owners to be present with their pets during the whole process if they chose to be. Our Veterinarians will place an IV catheter and typically give a small sedative to our patients to make sure they are calm and relaxed prior to putting them to sleep.
We provide private cremation services with Pets Rest for owners who wish to keep the remains of their pet. This is billed directly to you from their business. Your pet will receive an individual cremation with their remains carefully packaged and returned to you in a decorative box. We will contact you directly when your dog or cats remains are available for pick-up, within approximately 7 to 10 business days.
For those who do not wish to keep the remains of their pet, we provide communal cremation services through the City of San Francisco.
At Home Burial
Some owners may chose to take their pet home and to bury them. Though The Castro Animal Hospital can release your pets body to you please keep in mind that there are some legal restrictions regarding pet burial pertaining to land ownership, burial depth and proximity to residences depending on your jurisdiction and the circumstances of your pets death. Alternative burial options can be arranged through Pets Rest.
We strongly recommend contacting your local public health official for more information prior to burying your pet.
Finally, we understand that some people may choose to euthanize their pets at home. Unfortunately The Castro Animal Hospital does not offer At Home Euthanasia services but recommend the following mobile veterinarians that can provide this service.