All pet owners want their pet’s last moments to be as free of stress and as comfortable as possible. The decision to end a loved pet’s suffering and discomfort is never easy.
IS EUTHANASIA AT HOME POSSIBLE?
Yes. If a peaceful, stress-free, and loving, in-home end of life experience is what you want for your pet, our veterinarians will be there to assist you. Please feel comfortable to call us to discuss the possibility of a home visit.
SHOULD I STAY WITH MY ANIMAL DURING EUTHANASIA?
You and your family may choose not to be present during the euthanasia procedure, whether it is being performed at the veterinary hospital or at home. The emotions brought on may be overwhelming for some, but most pet owners feel they can be a comfort to their pet during its final moments.
Grieving the loss of your companion is normal and even though it feels like it now, it won’t last forever. Eventually, you will be able to smile and laugh at the wonderful memories you made together and appreciate the positive impact that your pet had on your life.
What is the procedure ?
- Your veterinarian will explain the procedure to you before beginning.
- A veterinary technician will carefully and gently hold your pet to ensure that the process goes quickly and smoothly.
- Your veterinarian will then inject your pet with a special combination of tranquilizing and pain killing drugs. The objective of this mixture of drugs is to relieve pain and to sedate so that your pet is unaware of the procedure. Your veterinarian and technician will then give you the opportunity to sit alone with your pet for ten to fifteen minutes while the drugs take effect.
- Upon their return, an intravenous injection of highly concentrated morphine will be administered. The injection is not painful.
- Your pet will become completely unconscious within a few seconds, and death will occur within a few minutes or less. He may experience some muscle twitching and intermittent breathing for a few minutes after death has occurred. Also, the sphincters will relax, which can lead to urination or defecation. These events are normal and should not be cause for alarm.
- After your veterinarian has confirmed that your pet has passed, he or she will usually ask if you would like to have a few final minutes alone with your pet.
Body disposal options
The service of a group cremation is available should you not want to keep your pet’s ashes, but you wish him a dignified and respectful end.
If you do not wish for your pet to be cremated, you may bring his body back home to be buried on your property.
Memories and keepsakes
Keeping a memory of your beloved companion by choosing an imprint of his paw is a lovely option. An imprint of your pet’s paw can be taken whether you chose private or group cremation.
Urns and keepsakes are available for purchase if your pet has been privately cremated.
If you want a souvenir of your beloved pet that you can have with you at all times, jewelry is an excellent option. Each pendant, key ring or bracelet can hold a significant amount of ash or a strand of hair from your pet.