Yarmouth Veterinary Center

75 Willow Street
Yarmouth , ME 04096





At YVC we euthanize birds by first administering a gas anesthetic. Within several seconds to a minute or two the bird is asleep, and then we give an injection of the same medication we use to euthanize dogs and cats. This is the most peaceful and humane euthanasia process possible.


For pets other than dogs and cats we do not offer the option of the owner being present for the euthanasia. We bring the bird to our treatment area, where it is anesthetized and euthanized.


Owners then have the options of seeing their deceased pet, taking the remains for home burial, or leaving the remains for cremation. Cremation can be either private (the pet is cremated by itself and the ashes returned to the owner) or non-private (the pet is cremated with other pets and the ashes are not returned).


Chicken owners occasionally ask us how they can euthanize their chicken at home. The best method is cervical dislocation, which is stretching its neck to break the spine and spinal cord. Done properly, this results in immediate death. Hold both feet tightly with one hand. With the other hand, grasp the head like you would firmly grip a small ball, with your thumb behind the comb and your fingers wrapped under the beak. Pull firmly. There is usually several seconds to a minute of vigorous wing flapping following successful dislocation.


Cervical dislocation can also be done with a broomstick. This is demonstrated at about 1 minute of the following video:




Yarmouth Vet Center