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Euthanasia and Pet Aftercare

 / Euthanasia and Pet Aftercare
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There is a time in a pet owner’s life that we have to face the mortality of our pets. This is never an easy time. We offer euthanasia in our clinics and are able to respectfully, and properly, dispose of the remains.

Dealing with the loss of a pet can be very difficult.  Our pets are more than just animals, they are our friends and part of our family. They play with us, cuddle up on the couch with us, watch movies, they help us feel better when we are sick, and love us unconditionally. When our furry loved ones pass on, it can be very difficult for us to adjust.

At Vetco vet clinics we understand what your pet means to you. This is why we want to be there with you every step of the way and part of our veterinary service is to help you through this tough time.


If you have recently lost a beloved pet, thinking about aftercare can be an overwhelming task.  There are many questions about what to do when your furry friend passes on.  At VetCo, we will respectfully help you with this burden.

What does pet aftercare mean?

Aftercare means the disposal of your animal’s body after they have been euthanized.

What are the laws surrounding pet aftercare?

Within the city limits of Albuquerque, you are allowed to bury a small pet in your backyard. The City of Albuquerque offers free pick up and disposal of a deceased pet from the city’s Animal Care Center. Call 311 for information.

If you bury your pet in your backyard, make sure to bury them at least 3 feet deep to prevent scavengers from digging them up.

Can Vetco take care of my pets aftercare?

Yes, we can. We understand that losing a pet is a part of the natural cycle but that doesn’t make it easier. If you wish, we will dispose of your pet’s body after the euthanaasia.

Aftercare Resources:

Pet Cremation FAQ

Best Friends Pet Cremation Services is part of the French funeral family. They are trained funeral professionals and will be able to help you say goodbye to your animal companion.

Lasting Paws Pet Memorial Service  provides a “sensitive alternative” for pet owners. They provide a convenient and coordinated response for your bereavement needs.

Old Pine Box makes beautiful custom hand-made wooden coffins for your pet for burial or cremation.

All Creatures Memorial Park in Tesuque is a beautiful place to remember your beloved pet. You can purchase a custom tile to put on the memorial wall as a remembrance for your furry friend.

Grief Resources:

The Association for Pet Loss is an organization dedicated to helping people through all stages of pet loss. They have wonderful resources as well as community forums where you can find solidarity and comfort from other people in animal mourning.

Chance’s Spot is a forum for pet loss grief support. You can talk to other people online who are also experiencing grief.

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If you are interested in having your pet loss resource added to this list, please contact us.