In Home Euthanasia

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME?

  • Name 5 things that your pet enjoys doing. If they are unable to do 3 or more then it may be time.
  • Is your pet having more “bad days” than “good days?” Try putting 2 jars on the counter – “good days” and “bad days.” Drop a coin in one everyday. After a week or so, if there are more coins in the “bad day” jar, then it’s probably time.
  • Is your pet still eating and drinking normally?
  • Is your pet still able to urinate/defecate normally?
  • Is your pet able to move around without difficulty or pain?
  • Ask yourself if you are keeping your pet here with us because you are unable to let them go.
  • Once you have made the decision, pets seem to improve making you doubt your decision, only to find sorrow again the next day. In these cases, ask yourself “Wouldn’t you rather your last day together be a happy one?”
CONSULTATION

We discuss your needs over the phone or in your home on the day of the scheduled procedure. We will discuss all of your options – when and where euthanasia will take place, who will be there, etc. This is your time to express any special requests.

Our goal is to help you understand if euthanasia is needed and when will be the right time. We specialize in end-of-life care and will help your family learn more about your pet’s disease and what to expect as it progresses.

EUTHANASIA 

An injection of a sedative will be given to relax your pet.

After about 10 minutes, when your pet is full relaxed, we will shave an arm or a leg and place an intravenous (IV) catheter. This will give us direct access to a vein and decreases the risk for any of the drug to go under the skin.

When you are ready, we will administer an overdose of an anesthetic (pentobarbital) and your pet will fall asleep peacefully.  We will listen to the heart to let you know when your beloved friend has passed away.

This is in keeping with the true meaning of the word “euthanasia,” coming “from the Greek word euthanatos, which means ‘good death.’”

After your pet has passed, we can take them for cremation if that is your request.

SHOULD HOUSEMATES BE PRESENT DURING THE PROCEDURE?

It may reduce the aimless wandering all through the house later. They may sense what has happened and already “know” the other pet has died. Every situation is different and since you know pets best, it is a decision you will have to make.

SHOULD CHILDREN BE PRESENT DURING THE PROCEDURE?

For small children, they may not understand what is happening. For older children, it can give them some closure and maybe beneficial.

CREMATION

We transport your pet to/from a private crematorium.

We offer 2 types of cremation:

  • Private Cremation – we will bring your pet’s ashes back to you
  • Group/Communal Cremation – you will NOT receive your pet’s ashes back