We are all pet owners ourselves who at one point have had to say goodbye to one of our furry family members, so we know and understand how difficult it can be to say goodbye. Because of our experiences with our own family members, we will do everything we can to help you through this process.
Most pets have trouble getting around in their old age, so it can be quite troublesome to get them in the car and bring them into the veterinarian. Many pet owners may want the privacy and comfort of being in their own home when making this decision. Many pet parents are too upset to drive, and having us come to their home eliminates many of these concerns.
We offer this service to come to you and your pet at home, in hopes this will help you and your family. We hope that you and your family will be more relaxed in the privacy of your own home, and we strive to ensure our visit to your home goes as peacefully as possible.
What to Expect Beforehand:
The first step is to contact our front office team to plan the euthanasia with you. Tell them where you live and if you have a doctor preference. They will ask how you want the experience to be for you and your pet, and what your wishes are after your pet has passed. Our front office team will take payment for the service to be rendered so that the day of the visit your only focus is on your pet. We generally perform these services in the afternoon or evening and will work with you to schedule the visit at your convenience.
What to Expect Day of Service:
The day of your visit we will send you a short message letting you know our team is on the way. When your veterinarian arrives they will give your pet a couple extra head scratches as they have you sign the euthanasia consent form. Once you are ready to say your final farewell the veterinarian will flush the catheter with saline to make sure the line is patent. Next, we administer injections for your pet to provide pain relief and relaxation. Oftentimes they will enter into a sleep-like state before the final injection is administered which stops their heart. Please be aware that many pets do not close their eyes and they may take a deep final breath as they pass. As their muscles relax, many pets will urinate or defecate. Rarely you may notice blood in their nose or mouth, most common when pets have a chronic long term condition such as congestive heart failure, internal bleeding or pneumonia. Some animals will have reflex movements for a while after administration even after their heart has stopped. The veterinarian in your home will confirm via stethoscope that your pet’s heart is no longer beating before continuing.
What to Expect After Euthanasia:
You can take as much time as you like to say your final farewell to your pet. After you give the ‘ok’ the team will respectfully prepare their body; either for transport if cremation has been selected or into a burial box for you if you’ve planned to have your pet buried.
If an individual cremation has been selected you will receive a call within 5-10 days that your pet’s cremains have been returned. Cremains can be picked up when you are ready at our hospital any day from 7am to 11pm. If some time has passed and the remains are still at our hospital we may reach out to you to see how you would like to proceed.
Saying goodbye to a pet affects each person differently. If the loss seems to heavy for you to bear, please review information on our page “Grief Support”