Losing a pet is heartbreaking. Having to make the decision to euthanize your pet is difficult. You love them and can’t imagine life without them, yet you don’t want to see them suffer.
We understand how you feel. We’ve all been in your shoes and we are here to help as much as we can. Euthanasia is a very personal decision and we are more than happy to help you make the process be what you want it to be. Sometimes having more information can help you feel more comfortable with the process and the steps involved.
Our process usually goes as follows:
- When you and our veterinarians have had the discussion about euthanizing your pet, you let us know when you would like to have an appointment. We will do our best to accommodate your needs as much as possible.
- After you arrive, our technicians will get you settled into our comfort room, set up with a couch and rug, to spend time with your pet.
- The technician will help you sign the appropriate paperwork and make final arrangements for your pet.
- If you choose to be with your pet during the euthanasia, we place an IV catheter to have easy access to your pet’s vein.
- After all the paperwork is done and your pet’s catheter is placed, we let you spend as much time as you would like with your pet before the euthanasia.
- When you are ready, the veterinarian will give your pet two injections. The first is the actual euthanasia solution, which is very similar to anesthesia solution. It will make your pet fall asleep very quickly, usually within 30 seconds. In another minute or two, your pet will stop breathing and their heart will stop. It is important to remember that they are unconscious during this process. The second injection is saline to flush the last of the euthanasia solution through the catheter. If you choose to, you can hold your pet during this process.
- After the injections, the veterinarian will check your pet’s vital signs to make sure they have passed away.
- You can spend as much time as you like with your pet afterwards as well.
- If you have chosen to have your pet cremated, we prepare the body for our cremation service. Bodies are stored in bags pictured, and our service usually picks up pets within a few hours of our call. Your pets remains are returned to us within a few days and we call you to let you know you can pick them up.
- If you have chosen to take your pet home for burial, we help get your pet situated into a burial box (see picture). This is a good time to include your pets favorite toy or blanket.
Things to keep in mind:
- If you think it would be easier, we encourage you to come in without your pet to look through the catalog for urns and to discuss your wishes for your pet’s euthanasia or end of life care. Just like pre-planning a funeral for a human, sometimes decisions are easier to make when you are less emotional.
- Our available urns are not online, as the selections and pricing change frequently. If you find something you like online on another website, let us know, most likely we will have the same thing or something very similar available. You are welcome to use any urn you wish.
- We don’t euthanize pets we have never examined before (except for emergencies). We believe that all pets benefit from an exam and a discussion with a veterinarian about treatment options. Sometimes those options are limited and euthanasia is the best choice, but we can’t know that until we know you and your pet! This doesn’t make the process any more expensive or drawn out. This policy is to ensure everyone involved has all the information available.
- “Pet Hospice” exists! See the links section, Peaceful Passing for Pets.