End of Life

NSVH is here for you and your pet when tough decisions need to be made. Northshore Veterinary Hospital’s sound ethics will never allow for pet euthanasia other than those who are gravely ill. Our staff prides themselves in making this experience as comfortable as possible for both the pet owner and the patient.

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Recognizing this is a difficult time, please take comfort in knowing that our team is here for you and ready to answer any questions you may have.  Furthermore, we can help guide you with options available for your pet’s remains.

If you are planning on taking your pet home for burial we suggest checking with your city or county ordinances prior to burial.  Some governing entities have specific guidelines.

There are two different options for cremation:

  • Non-private cremation is when your pet is cremated with other pets without any means of separating ashes for return.
  • Private cremation means your pet is cremated solely with remains being returned to you.

NSVH uses Gateway Pet Memorial for performing cremations.  When your pet’s ashes are returned from Gateway, we will contact you for pick up.  You can anticipate a return time of approximately two weeks.

Located in Bellingham, Radiant Heart provides clients with cremation options and will transport your pet from our hospital or you may bring your pet to their facility.  For further information visit them online.

Support with Pet Loss – For additional support during this difficult time of loss, we recommend a few websites that can offer guidance and support.

The Rainbow Bridge

American Veterinary Medical Association

Vet Med at Washington State University


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