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Choosing to euthanize your pet due to injury, illness, or a decline in their quality of life is an extremely difficult decision for any pet owner to make. You want the best for your furry loved one, and the final moments you have with your pet are just as important as your first moments with them. If your dog or cat is nearing their final days, pet euthanasia is a painless option that allows your pet to pass peacefully.

At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, we understand that the decision to move forward with end-of-life care for your beloved pet is an incredibly difficult time. As a vet clinic in Colorado Springs, we want to help you through this process by being a compassionate, transparent, and knowledgeable resource so you can make the best decision about euthanasia for your pet. Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic will work with you to determine the best course of action for your furry loved one. We will communicate with you to discuss the most appropriate steps so this stage of life is comfortable for your pet as they make their final transition.


You know your pet better than anyone else. You have seen them grow, change, and become closer to you and your family over the years. If your pet is ill or old age, their quality of life may begin to suffer. You should always consult with your veterinarian about your pet’s health and the best course of action to keep them well. If your pet is suffering from a disease, or if they are nearing their end of life, veterinary care may not be enough for your pet to get healthy.

At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, we share our knowledge and experience in veterinary medicine to empower you to make the best decision for your pet. Together, we will discuss how your pet’s medical prognosis will impact your furry loved one’s health and options for their next steps. The well-being of your pet is always our top priority. The team at Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic understands this is a tough decision, and we are here to answer your questions and ensure your pet has humane euthanasia if that is what you decide is best for your dog or cat.

If your pet is suffering from an injury, illness, or from old age, you may consider euthanasia services. A pet who is sick or nearing their final moments of life will exhibit many behaviors that you will notice are unusual as a pet owner. You should always consult with your furry loved one’s veterinarian if you notice your pet acting strange or unlike themselves.


Here are some signs that your pet’s quality of life may be declining. If you are not sure whether a euthanasia procedure is the best decision, your pet’s doctor will work with you to offer support and guidance.


Once the decision has been made to move forward with pet euthanasia and the appointment has been scheduled, Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic will work with you to be a compassionate and supportive partner during your goodbyes with your furry loved one.

During the procedure, you and your family have the choice to enter the room and spend the final moments with your pet to say your goodbyes, comfort them, and tell them you love them. While your presence may provide your dog or cat comfort, we understand if this moment is too emotional for you to be in the room. Whether or not you choose to accompany your pet, a compassionate member of our team will be with your pet during every moment.

A sedative will first be administered to make your pet comfortable, relaxed, and extremely sleepy. Next, medication is administered so that your pet is no longer aware of their end-of-life experience. This is a fairly quick process where the only sensation your pet will experience will be like falling into a deep sleep, which is similar to the process of being put under anesthesia. This process ensures your pet is not in pain and that they are relaxed and comfortable during their passing.

If you choose to be with your pet during their final moments, we will give you private time with them so you may grieve in a private space and say goodbye. At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, you are in a safe place where we will treat you and your pet as we would our own family with gentle care and compassion. There is no judgment, and we are here for you during every step of this emotional process.


As much as we understand the delicacies of this difficult decision, we want to provide insights from other pet owners who have trusted our team with this journey. Please feel free to read reviews from previous clients. 

Jennifer D.
Jennifer D.
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The folks at Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic never fail to treat our pets with sincere and personal care. I have absolute trust in their advice and suggestions because each suggestion comes from actual care for the pet. I never feel pressured to spend money or go to extremes. We have brought pets to Ponderosa for puppy care, end-of-life care, and everything in between. Each time I leave I feel certain that my pets were given the best care possible. To top it off, the prices are reasonable - more reasonable than they could be for the service you get!
LuAnn R.
LuAnn R.
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Ponderosa has a wonderful staff that is knowledgeable and so very compassionate. I completely trust their work. They cared for my cat through difficult times, from difficult surgery through end of life, and continue to care for my dog. I highly recommend this veterinary practice!
Bryan G.
Bryan G.
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What a great place to take your pets. One of our labs recently became unexpectedly sick. We ended up having to say our goodbyes to Jill. I can't even begin to express how compassionate the staff is. They treat your pets as if they are their own. Thank you for treating our family like your own. We will always be grateful.


At Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic, our goal is to provide you and your pet with the most compassionate care. We will be with you and your pet every step of the way to make sure you are comfortable and can focus on those loving moments together. Please contact us if you have any questions about euthanasia, or if you would like to discuss if this is the best decision for your pet.

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Ponderosa Veterinary Clinic is seeking an enthusiastic and caring veterinarian to work relief, part-time or full-time in our general practice. PVC is a full-service, 3+ doctor, small-animal veterinary hospital. We have established an excellent reputation for developing lasting relationships with our clients and for providing compassionate and quality care to our patients.