Compassionate Euthanasia

It is never an easy decision to say good-bye to a pet. They are part of your family, loved and cherished. But sometimes, for our sick or aged animals, euthanasia is the right choice. Our doctors will support you during this difficult time by ensuring a compassionate and painless transition.

Whether it is during a consultation or the humane euthanasia procedure, our doctors will work with you to ensure both your pet’s and your own needs are met. Our doctors will guide you through the process, then begin by administering a small amount of sedation to relax your pet, so no pain is ever felt. Compassionate care and the calm of your own home allows for a gentle passing with no anxiety or discomfort.

Lotus works exclusively with Animal Memorial Services for care of remains. This animal-only business provides both communal and private cremations. With private or ‘individual’ cremation, the ashes of your companion animal will be returned to you in a cedar box with their name on a placard. With communal or ‘group’ cremation, the ashes of your companion animal will not be returned to you, but instead scattered in a garden. If there are other care arrangements that you prefer, please let us know so that we may be able to assist you.

Transitioning to life without your pet is difficult. Below you will find a list of resources to assist you in this challenging time. Also, every first Tuesday of the month an animal loss support group is held at the San Francisco SPCA.



Animal Memorial ServiceCustom memorial services for your animal, along with a list of local resources.

SPCA Animal Loss Support Group—Over 30 years of grief counseling and support for animal loss. Meets the first Tuesday of each month at the San Francisco SPCA.–An online depository of resources for those grieving for the loss of their animal companion, including an online forum, memorial ceremony, and additional listings.



For Adults:

Grieving the Death of a Pet by Dr. Betty Carmack, R.N., Ed.D., Augsburg Publishers 2003

Coping With Sorrow On The Loss of Your Pet by Moira Anderson, M.Ed, Alpine Blue Ribbon Books, 1996

For Children:

When A Pet Dies by Fred Rogers, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1988

Helping Children to Cope with Separation & Loss by Claudia Jewitt, Harvard Common, 1992

Snowflake in My Hand by Samantha Mooney, Delacorte, 1983