It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved family friend. We at Creature Comforts are here to help take
away some of that burden. As veterinary professionals, we are able help you to say your goodbyes in the comforts of your own home, or in our "at home space" in the clinic or one of our comfortable "safe space" examination rooms.
"At Home Living Room Space " - In Clinic Area
This is our dedicated space for our furry family members. We can offer this space, which is at the far end of our facility, away from the reception area. There are 3 modes of entry and exit into this room; from the back of the clinic by our green space, through our laundry room, from the main entrance to the plaza by the elevators or you can choose to come through the front door, through reception.
In Clinic Safe Space - Exam Room
This space is also an option for our members. This room is located in the far end of our reception area. You can choose this space to say your goodbyes to your loved family member. The main clinic entrance is the most commonly used for this space but the other entrances and exits can be used. There is also a client bathroom directly accross from this room in the case it needs to be utilized.
In Clinic Process of Events
Booking the Appointment and the Process
When booking your in clinic appointment, you can inform our staff which environment and entrance you would prefer. This area will be equipped with a bed suitable for your pet with a blanket and treats.
Upon arrival to the clinic, we request you call to inform us so that we can assist you at your choice of entrance. Once in, you can get situated before Dr. Decker or her technician arrives to talk with you regarding the process. They will go over the procedure, consent forms and confirm your cremation and aftercare choices. A member of the staff will update your invoice and bill you through before the procedure takes place.
Dr. Decker will go over, step by step the procedure and approximately how long each will take. First, she will administer a subcutaneous sedative to help your pet feel calmer and stress free. After a short period, an intravenous (IV) catheter will need to be placed in your pet’s leg. You have the choice to have this preformed in the room with you present or to have your pet transported to the treatment area for a brief period. Once the catheter is in place, you and your pet can have some time together or Dr. Decker can preform the next step of the procedure right away. Once you are ready she will proceed to the second step of the procedure by administering a short acting intravenous anesthetic agent through the IV catheter, this will cause your pet to fall into a sleep like state. Once your pet is comfortable the doctor will move to the third stage and administer the euthanasia solution. This process takes only a few minutes, and your pet will drift off into a very deep sleep and pass away. You can stay with your pet for some time if you choose, then a staff member will continue with the final stage and prepare for the aftercare.
At Home End Of Life Service
This process can be preformed in the comfort of your home. Most pets find themselves most content in their own environment. Our doctor and assistant will come to you at a scheduled appointment time.
At this time we only service Deep South Calgary, Foothills, Okotoks, and Surrounding area. We unfortunately do not go downtown or North.
At Home End of Life Process
The doctor and the assistant will arrive at your home for the scheduled appointment time. She will go through the process of events that are to take place. There will be forms, Euthanasia Consent and cremation and aftercare choices, you will need to sign.
Steps for the Process:
The doctor will go over, step by step, the procedure and approximately how long each stage will take. First, she will administer a subcutaneous sedative to help your pet feel calmer and stress free. After a short period, an intravenous (IV) catheter will need to be placed in your pet’s leg. Once the catheter is in place, you and your pet can have some time together or the doctor can proceed to the next step of the procedure right away. Once you are ready, the second step of the procedure is administering a short acting intravenous anesthetic agent through the IV catheter, this will cause your pet to fall into a sleep like state. Once your pet is comfortable the doctor will move to the third stage and administer the euthanasia solution. This process takes only a few minutes, and your pet will drift off into a very deep sleep and pass away
The doctor and her assistant will carefully transport your pet to the clinic and prepare the aftercare choices you have requested.
There are multile aftercare choices we provide. They are as follows;
General Cremation. This is the process where you are choosing to have your pet creamated and not have the ashes returned. The ashes are then donated and spread in local farmers fields.
Private Creamtion. This is the process where your pet (and only your pet) is creamated in the crematorium at one time. These ashes are collected and returned to you in the urn of your choosing. Albreta Pet Cremation Services is the company we use for these services. Please click the link below for the urn options.
Paw Prints; Ink and or Clay. At Creature Comforts we provide Clay and Ink paw prints that we create using your pets paw.
Fur Clippings. We can provide you with a clipping of your pets fur as a memorial for you.
Release of Remains. This is the process when you choose to provide your own aftercare for your pet. We do legally have to receive a signature, due to the restrictions and regulations in Calgary and surrounding municipalities.