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Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy.  Grinnell Veterinary Clinic is here to help you through this difficult time, by providing you with the information you need to make a well-informed decision that is best for your faithful friend.

Our compassionate veterinary team is available to discuss all of the medical options available and to support you when considering end-of-life or euthanasia decisions. We understand the unique bond between you and your pet, as well as the struggle that accompanies end-of-life decisions.  


Your pet’s quality of life is the most important component to consider when making an end of life decision. We are here to discuss and assess quality of life issues with you, such as:

  • Pain

  • Loss of appetite

  • Hydration

  • Hygiene

  • Behavior changes

  • Loss of mobility

  • More bad days than good days

There are some difficult choices you will have to make with end-of-life decisions:

  • Decide whether you would like to be there during the euthanasia.  Some people wish to be with their pet and officially say goodbye during the final moments.  Others feel that the experience would be too much to handle.  Whether you choose to be with your pet or not, be reassured that you have given him a lifetime of love.  Either decision you make is appropriate.

  • At Grinnell Veterinary Clinic, we offer three options for your pet:

    • You may take your pet home for a private burial.

    • We offer companion animal disposal services.

    • Cremation Services are an option for your pet, either private or communal.  Loving Rest Pet Cemetery and Crematory out of Indianola is responsible for all of our cremation services.

Please call us with any questions regarding this difficult decision.

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