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YORK VETERINARY HOSPITAL
Providing Quality Pet Care
4628 George Washington Memorial Highway
Yorktown, VA 23692
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate dealing with the pandemic. It is important to us to protect our staff and clients. Total Curbside service is available for anyone.
If you have Covid or Covid like symptoms, please reschedule your appointment. If you are not feeling well, please reschedule your appointment. If your pet is Ill and really needs to be seen, please try and have someone else bring your pet. If that can't be done, please wear a mask when staff comes out and remain curbside.
Clients picking up medications and food can enter the building as long as social distancing is practiced with a limit of 6 clients in the lobby at any one time.
Appointments with a Doctor will still be asked to check-in upon arrival by phone or text and wait for a team member to contact you to let you know the exam room is ready. Some doctors are still asking clients to wear a mask in the exam room.
Tech appointments please come in when you arrive to check in.
We still offer curbside appointments for any reason, please let our staff know at check-in.
Our team members will practice regular hand washing and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
York Veterinary Hospital Staff
Losing a pet is a delicate situation, and we understand the difficulty in having to make that final decision. Our veterinarians are skilled in assessing pain management and do not recommend euthanasia casually. We also make certain that the process of putting your pet to sleep is carried out in a humane manner.
When being euthanized, pet owners are welcome to be in the room as their pet passes, and if they prefer, a pet can be sedated prior to administering euthanasia. The final injection is a chemical that mimics an overdose of anesthesia, allowing your pet to fall into an eternal sleep. As it enters the bloodstream, the chemical targets the brain and heart, first preventing nerves from sensing pain, then gradually stopping the heart from beating.
While the decision to euthanize is heart-wrenching, it is important for a pet owner to consider the pet’s suffering before their own. In circumstances where putting your pet to sleep offers them relief from physical anguish, ending misery can be the best decision you can make for your pet.
Common reasons for euthanasia:
What happens after euthanasia?
After putting your pet to sleep, you can decide to take your pet home with you, have your pet cremated, buried from a pet funeral home, or you can opt to leave your pet with the veterinarian. Because saying goodbye is difficult, we recommend having after death plans arranged prior to your visit for euthanasia. No matter what you decide to do, don’t feel pressured to choose one option or another; choose the option that is best for you. Some pet owners feel that an urn with their pet’s remains helps the grieving process. Others think leaving the pet with the vet is easier for them emotionally. Because your pet has peacefully passed, it is now your decision to do what is best for you.
The bereavement process is different for every pet owner. Some only take a couple days for mourning while others take months. It is completely normal to mourn the loss of your pet, and you should never feel obligated to put a time limit on what is the “right” amount of time.
If you have any questions about the process of putting a pet to sleep, or want to schedule an appointment to see if it would be beneficial for your pet’s condition, contact our office at your convenience.