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).
Yarmouth Vet Center