Episode #21

Euthanasia: Do You Know Everything You Need To Know To Avoid Professional Complaints?

Host: Veterinary Business Institute | Published Date: February 29, 2024

This episode tackles the often-difficult topic of pet euthanasia with expert veterinarian  Dr. Céline Leheurteux, Veterinarian and CEO of Vetceterra Solutions Inc, Euthabag, Together with Naren Arulrajah, our host, they delve into navigating this emotional experience for both the veterinarian and the pet parent with compassion and clarity.

Dr. Leheurteux shares her expertise in navigating these challenging conversations with pet owners, focusing on both compassion and clarity. Learn invaluable tips on:

  • Avoiding common pitfalls that can lead to professional concerns.
  • Exploring responsible and dignified aftercare options for pet families.
  • Ensuring a peaceful and respectful euthanasia process based on best practices.

Tune in and discover how Dr.Leheurteux’s experience and Euthabag’s solutions can empower you to provide exceptional end-of-life care for your patients and their families during this difficult time.


  • 00:02:01 – Dr. Céline Leheurteux’s journey: euthanasia expertise and Euthabag’s origin
  • 00:07:51 – Euthanasia and professional complaints
  • 00:12:09 – Supporting pet parents: end-of-life care, euthanasia, and burial guidance
  • 00:15:26 – Pet burial: risks and communication strategies
  • 00:17:27 – Standards for pet disposal after euthanasia
  • 00:20:29 – Managing pet cremation: choosing a crematorium and potential issues
  • 00:24:41 – Learn more about handling euthanasia at veterinaryeuthanasiaeducation.com 

Céline Leheurteux, DVM

CEO of Vetceterra Solutions Inc – Euthabag: the Pet Body Bag
Canada’s Top 100 Award Winner
End-of-life KOL
TEDx Speaker
Creator of the CE platform: veterinaryeuthanasiaeducation.com

Active in small animal practice since 1999, Dr. Leheurteux is interested in the psychological aspect of veterinary practice with the purpose of optimizing relationships both within the care team and with clients.

Through the years, she has developed a personalized approach to euthanasia, a defining medical act, one that has a huge impact both for the client and the veterinarian and for which practitioners are not prepared well for during their University curriculum.

It appeared inevitable to design a pet body bag that would be respectful of patients and of veterinarian professionalism. Along the way, she discovered the phenomenon of compassion fatigue among veterinarians. She hopes to raise awareness around this reality in order to help recognize and prevent it.

Ecology is a core value that guided her choices in the design of Euthabag; she spent years researching and developing a leak proof pouch made from recyclable material that could be incinerated without any toxic fumes (no dioxins, no furans). PVC, although easy to waterproof, was not an option because of its toxicity and the inability to integrate recycled material. In addition, the ink used for silkscreen printing is water-based.

Concerned by animal and people welfare, she participated in spay and neuter clinics in the grand Nord Québécois and in Costa Rica since the end of her studies.

With an interest in holistic medicine, Dr. Leheurteux completed her veterinary chiropractic training in Kansas in 2005. She is one of the only veterinarians in Québec to be certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

Connect with Dr. Leheurteux

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/c%C3%A9line-leheurteux-dvm-and-ceo-a9768626
Company Website: Vetceterra Solutions Inc. –www.euthabag.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/euthabagveterinary 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@euthabag-petbodybag3163 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/euthabag/ 
CE Platform for Euthanasia –  https://www.veterinaryeuthanasiaeducation.com 
TEDx appearance: https://www.ted.com/talks/celine_leheurteux_la_face_cachee_des_veterinaires