Saying goodbye to your pet is never easy because of the unique and special bond that you share. Making the decision for euthanasia may be one of the most difficult decisions that you ever make in your life. In many cases, euthanasia is relief from untreatable and painful disease. At the same time, every pet owner knows they will be losing a true and honest friend and member of the family. We understand the complicated emotions you may be feeling and will do our best to help you and your family through this difficult time in the peaceful and comfortable surroundings of your own home.
In the time leading up to the appointment:
- Consider which friends and family members you would like to be present and who might like to say their goodbyes before then.
- Consider where you might like to have the procedure performed – a quiet place, indoors or out, where you and your pet will feel most comfortable.
What to expect at the appointment:
- Consultation and Examination – we will take a medical history and do an exam and answer any questions you might have. This is not a procedure to be rushed and everything will be done at your pace.
- Sedation – An injection is given to relax your pet and help any pain they may have. It usually takes five to ten minutes for full effect.
- Humane euthanasia – Once your and your pet are ready, the final injection is given intravenously. The first effect is loss of consciousness and within several seconds the body’s functions slow down and then stop.
- You will be free to take as long as you need to say goodbye to your pet.
After the appointment, there are several options:
- Cremation – we can take your pet’s remains and arrange to have a private or communal cremation.
- Burial – depending on the laws in your city, you may be able to bury your pet or arrange for a burial in a pet cemetery.
- Many city animal services departments with either pick-up your pets remains or allow you to drop them off at a specific location.