Caring. Compassion. A graceful departure.

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What to Expect


Whether you use the Comfort Room in the clinic or when we arrive at your home, we will meet you and your pet and give you both a few minutes to adjust to one of our vets being there. This puts them at ease and gives them the opportunity to relax. We will review paper work and answer any questions or concerns you may have.


Next, we will administer a sedative/pain killer into your pet’s muscle. Within a couple of minutes, any pain or discomfort that your pet is feeling should subside and about five minutes later, he/she should drift into a very deep sleep. If you request a clay print, we will take care of it during this time.


When your pet is completely sedated, we will give the second medication, which is an overdose of an anesthetic agent. This will cause the heart and breathing to decrease, until they stop, and your pet will pass away peacefully. This will also take about five minutes. The entire appointment generally lasts between 30 and 45 minutes.

Daytime, evening, and           weekend appointments available.

Preparing for the loss of a pet


There will never be enough time to say goodbye to a faithful family pet. However, there are a few activities you can do to help prepare to say goodbye in a meaningful way.


  • Gather humans and animals who love the pet, for a chance to say goodbye. The humans may want to light candles and put them in a sand tray while they share a few special words or memories. As the memories grow, the light of the candles will illuminate the entire room.
  • Share a special time alone with the pet. Make a special meal, go to a favorite place, such as a park, and spend extra time cuddling and petting.
  • Take a few last pictures with your pet. Allow any humans to take pictures with the pet for a special memory.


Pet Loss Support - Graciously Led by Dr. Carolyne Joseph, PsyD.


Graceful Departure Pet Center now offers a FREE Pet Loss Counseling Session, for those struggling with grief.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment,

call (619) 334-0708.


What about kids?


Many people ask whether or not their children should be present. Death is a natural occurrence, and although it is sad, children need time to process and ask questions as well. It can be an important and special time as a family to walk through the grieving process together.

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(619) 741- 5366


Graceful Departure Pet Center

1177 Greenfield Dr. Suite B

El Cajon, CA 92021