Compassion for You and Your Pet at the End of Life

Our veterinarians strive to make sure your pet has the best quality of life possible. Very few old or chronically ill pets die suddenly. As your dog or cat ages or becomes very sick, the bad days may become more frequent. Disease can become debilitating, and you can tell that your pet is very unhappy. It may be time to consider other options.

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Rea Road's compassionate veterinarians can help you to decide if humane euthanasia may be the appropriate alternative to a slow and painful death. You can be sure that we will take the time to explain what to expect and work to ensure that the experience is as peaceful as possible. We will never rush you or start the procedure before you are ready. The choice is yours if you would like to be with your pet at the end.

Everyone at our hospital is compassionate at this time of loss. Our staff will send you keepsakes to help remember your pet, including a ceramic pawprint of your pet and a book. We can discuss the options available for cremation and will make the arrangements for you.

Pet Loss Support & Resources

The loss of a beloved pet can be as difficult as losing a human member of your family. Rea Road Animal Hospital's entire staff appreciates your need for kindness and consideration at this very difficult time. The information on the following pages can be helpful and comforting.

Please feel free to call us if you would like more information.

"We are so pleased and blessed to have Dr. Dozier and your clinic. Time and time again, you all and Dr. Dozier especially have been unfailingly kind, considerate and caring beyond most of any care we have experienced at vets. Having bred goldens for over 50 years we have experienced many vet clinics. Dr. Dozier tops them all. He is unhurried, makes one feel like you are his only client in all the world, takes his time, is thorough and careful and you feel you have his 100% undivided attention. No vet in the hundreds we have worked with has been so available, so kind, willing to take his time, as Dr. Dozier. HE IS THE BEST! Certainly the wonderful staff is a reflection, plus we comment all the time that Dr. Dozier seems to have very little turn over. You all must be happy and respected. Bless you all!" - Ann Chase
"We love Dr. Michael!! She has been so wonderful going down the path with us on our elderly yellow Lab, Bailey Baroo. She has worked with us to find the right blend of food, medicine and exercise to give us more years with him and we appreciate that when she hears hoof beats she thinks horses, not zebras! Everyone at RRAH is wonderful, but Dr. Michael is extra special!" -Lesli An Orio
"Rea Road has been our family vet since the day they opened. I would not trust my pets to anyone else." - Michelle Kingston
"Best vets ever in Charlotte! They have taken such amazing care of my kids and of me, their fretting mom. I wouldn't trust anyone else." - Pamela Shaw
"Rea Road has the most caring staff. Dr. Dozier is truly wonderful! We have taken our babies there for years and they truly love them as much as we do." - Mattie Collins-Walker
"Very simply, we love Rea Road Animal Hospital. Knowledgeable, kind and compassionate!" - Heather Theriault
"Rea Road Animal Hospital has been our vet since we moved to Charlotte 9 years ago. Our dog, Bandit, will be 18 years old in September and we attribute his longevity to the doctors and especially the staff at this establishment. We have recommended the facility to our friends and neighbors and they have used the hospital for vet services, boarding, grooming and a place to love their pets." - Stephen & Heidi Kramer