Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Dog Euthanasia

Euthanasia is one of the most difficult decisions anyone can ever make but as a pet owner, unfortunately, it is something that eventually we will have to face. With our separate bereavement room, we can provide a comforting and peacefully atmosphere for those final moments with your pet. We are partnered with Gateway Pet Memorial Services who offer individual cremation choices and unique memorial products. They offer a number of ways for you to say your final goodbye and remember your pet for years to come.

What is pet euthanasia and how do I know when it’s the right time?

Pet euthanasia is a humane way of taking your pets pain away by putting them to sleep peacefully. It is often a difficult decision and generally when a pet’s health deteriorates to a poor quality of life. It is in turn, a peaceful way to take away their suffering. When the time is right your veterinarian along with your family members can help decide when the time has come.

What drug is used?

The actual drug used to perform the euthanasia is a concentrated solution of pentobarbital which in most cases works very rapidly.

What’s the cost of euthanasia?

The cost of euthanasia can vary depending on the wishes of the owner. At Hillcrest, we offer several different options for aftercare and keepsakes that our staff can discuss specifically with you during this difficult time.

Does the clinic also provide bereavement counselling?

Dealing with a loss of a pet can be very overwhelming and we encourage anyone who is having trouble to please contact the clinic and we can offer help during this difficult time.


Veterinarian giving a cat a vaccination

What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital