Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake | Jay McDonnell, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM | Annapolis & Towson, MD

At Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake we understand the heartbreak of saying goodbye to a family member, and it is very important to us to be able to provide you and your family with the information, respect, privacy and compassion you need at this difficult time.

Saying Good-bye


When we first come home with our new pet, many of us can not imagine the incredible bond and love that will grow between us throughout our new family member’s life. Each pet has a unique personality, and unique way of expressing its unconditional love. Our bond and love for our pet grows continuously over time; and few of us are prepared for the time when this may end.


Euthanasia is the most difficult decisions any pet owner can make; however, it is said to be the most selfless decision of them all, requiring courage and sacrifice.  In veterinary medicine, we have the ability to eliminate the inevitable pain and suffering that may be in our loved one’s future.


The decision if or when to euthanize is as individual and personal as the bond shared by you and your pet. Our neurologist will evaluate your pet’s physical condition, consult with all involved, and provide you with information and answers to your questions.  However, the decision is one that only you can make. We are dedicated to helping you make the right decision, what ever that may be, for your beloved family member.


Losing a loved one is never easy. Although we do not offer in-house grief counseling, we do provide links below to aid in the grieving process.

Board Certified Veterinary Neurologist Dr. Jay McDonnell | Annapolis & Towson, MD