End of Life Care

End Of Life Services

cat paw on human handAt the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County and Animal Hospital of Dauphin County at Linglestown, we understand that euthanizing your pet is a difficult decision to make. We want to emphasize that this is a compassionate option that allows your beloved pet to pass away peacefully and without suffering.

When it comes to euthanasia, our team of veterinarians and support staff will ensure that your pet is comfortable and at ease throughout the process. We will explain each step of the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. We will also provide you with emotional support during this difficult time.

Our priority is to ensure that you and your pet's final moments together are as peaceful and pain-free as possible. We will always treat your pet with the utmost respect and compassion, and we will do everything we can to make the process as comfortable as possible for both you and your pet.

We understand that saying goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy, but we are here to support you during this difficult time. Please know that you are not alone, and we are here to help in any way we can. Thank you for trusting us with the care of your beloved family member.

Euthanasia in our clinic

You have the option of being with and holding your pet during the euthanasia process. This is a personal decision and can sometimes be difficult to witness, especially if you have not witnessed euthanasia in the past. If your pet is nervous or scared, we can give a sedative to help facilitate the process. An intravenous catheter is placed in one of your pet’s legs to allow smooth delivery of the medications. If you do not wish to witness your pet's euthanasia, a staff member will hold and comfort your pet during the entire process. Please be assured that your pet will never be alone during this time. After euthanasia you may choose to take your pet home to bury or utilize our cremation services through Abbey Glen.

In-home euthanasia

We offer in-home euthanasia for established clients with Dr. Audrey Zajac.

Family surrounding their dogThe process is the same as in-clinic euthanasia but in the comfort of your own home. This may be a good option for pets who are uncomfortable or stressed during transport. After the euthanasia, you can either bury your pet, or the veterinarian can transport your pet back to the hospital for cremation.

For new clients or urgent cases where in-home euthanasia is the preferred option, we recommend two compassionate and professional in-home euthanasia companies.

Peaceful Pet Passages
(717) 691-9214

Lap of Love
(717) 388-4818

After Care from Abbey Glen



Communal pet cremation is a service provided by the pet crematorium where multiple pets are cremated together in a shared cremation chamber.

In communal cremation, the ashes are not able to be returned to the owner, as they are mixed with the ashes of other pets. Some pet owners choose communal cremation to honor their beloved pets in a respectful and environmentally friendly manner.


Individual pet cremation is a service where a pet is cremated individually, and the ashes are returned to the pet owner.

This allows the owner to keep the ashes of their beloved pet as a keepsake or to scatter them in a special place. Individual cremation ensures that the remains of the pet are kept separate from other pets throughout the cremation process, offering a more personalized and intimate way to honor the memory of the pet.

Memorial Products from Abbey Glen

Keepsakes offered at no additional charge

  • Painted Paw Prints
  • Hair Clipping
  • Paw Print Impression
  • Ink Nose Print
  • Ink Paw Print
  • Complementary Urn for Private Cremation


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    Caring for pets since 1962.

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