It is never easy to face the loss of a pet, let alone when the cause of death is unclear.
In-clinic/mobile postmortem services are available and can usually be performed within 24-48 hours of your request. Areas of coverage include Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge, Guelph/Fergus/Arthur/Orangeville. If your area is not listed here, please call to inquire.
If you suspect rabies or any other reportable disease, or if the case may become a legal case, please contact the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph. In-clinic/mobile postmortem services typically will not include assessment of the brain/spinal cord.
How to Prepare:
1. Discuss with your client the limitations of cosmetic and in-clinic postmortems.
2. DO NOT FREEZE the body/tissues. Keep refrigerated. If already frozen, please contact VETPATH Canada to discuss.
3. Call VETPATH Canada to set up a visit to your clinic/location.
4. If additional testing is required, unless another lab is requested by you, histopathology will be performed through VETPATH Canada, and other tests (microbiology, virology, toxicology, etc.) will be submitted to the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario, Canada).