We’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions about pet home euthanasia.
Every pet is unique, and as the owner you’ll be most familiar with changes in their behavior and demeanor. Here’s a list of the common changes that indicate it might be time:
- Refusing food or water
- Difficulties going outside to go to the bathroom
- Isolating themselves from you and other pets
- Showing signs of discomfort or pain
- Changes in breathing (panting more or labored breathing)
- Not greeting you at the door any more
- No interest in their favorite toys or treats
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Signs of a chronic health conditions worsening
- Sudden injury
We will always try to accommodate you and your pet to the best of our abilities. We know that emergencies happen, so please be sure to call to see if we’re available to help.
We provide euthanasia primarily for domestic pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits and pocket pets. We also see horses and other farm animals and just ask that you contact us first to discuss in home options.
First and foremost, our veterinarian will be a kind and caring presence during this difficult time. When the doctor arrives at your home, they’ll meet your pet and go over the process with you. This includes the sedation and pain management medications, as well as the one that will help your pet pass on gently and peacefully. If you choose private or communal cremation, the veterinarian will transport your pet’s body, otherwise they will leave your pet with you.
The appointment generally takes 30-60 minutes, depending on your individual pet and how you’d like the process to go.
If you choose the Euthanasia + Communal Cremation package, you will not receive your pet’s ashes back. You may choose to get a fur clipping or a paw print impression. If you select the Euthanasia + Private Cremation package, you’ll receive your pet’s ashes back by mail, unless you opt for a hand delivery (additional fee).
Our hope is to make the process of saying goodbye to your pet as gentle and anxiety-free as possible. We’ve found that in home euthanasia offers a level of comfort that cannot be found in stressful veterinary clinics. You can surround your pet with the people and items that they love in the home they know best.
This is a deeply personal decision, but you may absolutely be present for as much of the process as you choose. Some elect to have the entire family there, while others prefer to be in the other room. There’s no wrong decision here.