For more than 20 months the Maryland area; as well as many other jurisdictions, had to adjust and take extreme precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this span of time, there have been many changes and challenges both on an individual and business level. These have truly been some challenging times for us all. Nonetheless, our staff at Takoma Park Animal Clinic continues to work diligently and hard to provide our pet parents and patients with the best service and to do that safely.
Although things seem to be improving, we are not out of the woods yet. Recently, the state governor lifted the indoor mask guidelines mandate; however, our office continues to keep the mask policy in effect. All employees and visitors are required to wear a mask indoors and when interacting with each other (indoors or outdoors). We also ask that you maintain 6 ft when encountering our staff. Additionally, we also ask that you sanitize your hands at the available hand-washing station upon entering the building.
We have decided to continue curbside service at this time. However, we are allowing clients to enter the office for the following brief services: to pick up already prepared prescriptions and food products as well as to make payments. Clients are not allowed in the clinic during appointments at this time.
We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19/Delta situation. Our goal is to make every effort to ensure we can continue to serve you and your companion safely during the continuation of the pandemic. As things continue to improve, our management staff will inform you when the office will begin allowing clients to come in during appointments. We will also continue to keep you informed of any future updates as we all maneuver through this new “norm”. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support as we strive to meet the needs of all stakeholders involved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope that you and your family are keeping safe as you move forward throughout the rest of the 2021 year. Thank you for allowing Takoma Park Animal Clinic to serve your veterinary needs!
Our office will be closed the following dates: July 2nd - 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 16th, and 17th.
We hold our pets close to our hearts, so facing your trusted companion’s final moments is undoubtedly one of the most difficult things you’ll ever have to do as a pet owner. At Takoma Park Animal Clinic, we understand how hard it can be to say goodbye, and we do our best to provide you with guidance and your pet with exceptionally compassionate care up to the end with our in-home euthanasia services.
What Is Euthanasia?
The word euthanasia comes from two Greek words that literally translate to “good death.” Euthanasia allows a pet to pass away peacefully with dignity and without having to suffer unnecessarily.
Euthanasia is usually recommended for terminally ill or injured pets that are no longer finding relief with palliative care which is designed to reduce pain and maintain a terminally ill pet’s quality of life.
Signs that the time might be right for euthanasia include:
No longer eating or drinking
Withdrawing from the family or other household pets
Struggling to breathe
Near the end of a pet’s life, a pet’s condition can shift rapidly. If your pet is diagnosed with a terminal illness or injury, our veterinarians will do their best to help you care for your pet while understanding what to expect. We welcome you to contact us any time with questions about your pet’s condition.
In-Home Euthanasia Appointments in Takoma Park
When a pet is nearing his or her final moments, our veterinarian will come to your home so that your pet can remain as comfortable as possible in familiar surroundings. We’ll first talk with you about what to expect and answer questions you might have about aftercare options for your pet.
Although it can be difficult, we always encourage family members to remain with their pets throughout the euthanasia process, as this provides love and comfort for your pet. When you’re ready, we will administer a fatal overdose of anesthetic which allows your pet to pass away peacefully without any pain.
Compassionate Care and Guidance at the End
We understand that making decisions for your pet during their final months, days, or moments can be difficult and trying. Our veterinarians will be here for you throughout your pet’s end-of-life process. We’ll always be available to answer any questions you might have and help you make the most compassionate choices to honor the compassion your pet has shown you.