When a pet is diagnosed with a terminal disease or a debilitating life limiting condition you have choices to make. Dr. Krier will work with you to decide what our goal is for our pets final journey.
There are 2 primary paths: Palliative Care, and Euthanasia. When we choose palliative care our aim is to provide a quality life until the pet dies on their own. In contrast, in-home euthanasia provides a quiet private way to give your pet and family the time and space to say goodbye with dignity.
Involves decisions not to pursue curative treatment, a diagnosis of a terminal disease, aging symptoms or a chronic disease that interferes with day to day function. Also includes non-response or unacceptable response to curative treatments. Dr. Krier can help you formulate a plan for symptom relief/control, dietary management of disease and pain control/ relief.
End of life decisions are the hardest decisions we make as pet owners. It is equally one of the kindest gifts we can give to our pets, to end their lives painlessly, while being comforted by those who mean the most. Often times what stops pet owners from moving forward with these decisions is the thought of having to remove their pet from a place of comfort to a sterile animal hospital. In home euthanasia provides a quiet private way to give your family and pet the time and space to say goodbye with dignity.
Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
- In Home or Phone Consultation- Dr. Krier will walk you through the decision making process. This is your time to discuss family and patient needs, special requests, and address any concerns. When euthanasia is decided upon I will prepare you for what to expect procedurally.
- Location- The euthanasia procedure can take place inside or outside your home or another desired location. This is preferably a place where your pet will be most at ease.
- Sedation- No animal should experience undue anxiety during their final moments. Dr Krier will give a sedative injection to relax your pet prior to the euthanasia process. Within moments your pet will drift off into a deep sleep. After the sedative is given you can hold or snuggle with your pet.
- Euthanasia- Once the sedative has taken hold Dr. Krier will proceed with the euthanasia. She will administer an intravenous overdose of an anesthetic that will transition your pet to a peaceful, unconscious state from which they will not awaken. The onset is quite rapid. The doctor will listen to your pet’s heart to let you know when it has stopped. Your friend will pass painlessly and peacefully.
- Aftercare Options- Some pet owners choose to bury their pets on their property. Be familiar with zoning ordinances in your town.
Creature Comforts mobile Veterinary Clinic can help with your pets aftercare. We can take your pet’s body and make arrangements with a crematorium for a private or communal cremation.
- Private cremation – Your pet is placed separately into the crematory and his/her ashes returned to you.
- Communal cremation – Your pet will be cremated with other pets and their ashes scattered over the grounds of the pet crematory.