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 is the guilt and anxiety over the “final” car ride. In home pet euthanasia provides a quiet private way to give your pet and family the time and space to say goodbye with dignity.
In-Home Pet Euthanasia Process
Each pet is unique, each pet has their own set of circumstances that lead a pet owner to the euthanasia decision. We offer free phone consultations to help you decide when its time.
Here are the basic elements to prepare for:
- Location: Families can choose to be inside the home or outside (weather permitting). Some families have chosen to meet at a special destination- their pets’ favorite beach or park.
- Family Members: All family members, including children and other pets can choose to be present or not.
- Sedation: The euthanasia process starts with sedation. Based on your pets’ personality, fears and level of pain we will make choices about how best to sedate your pet. Sedation will bring your pet to a level of unconsciousness without pain.
- Anesthetic: Once the patient has gently relaxed, the entire family can gather around to caress and speak softly to their pet as I carefully place a small IV catheter in the rear leg. An overdose of an anesthetic is administered intravenously and over a period of 60 seconds to five minutes the breathing will slowly stop and the heart will stop beating.
We have found that this poem captures so much of the experience, and is often very comforting to owners dealing with loss:
If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done, For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand, But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest, Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years, You wouldn’t want me to suffer so. When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend, Only, stay with me till the end And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see. I know in time you will agree. It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved, From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you. Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years, Don’t let your heart hold any tears.