What to expect when putting your dog or cat to sleep at home

The word euthanasia means good death. We understand the great responsibility that comes with ending the life of a beloved family member.

AT HOME EUTHANASIA SERVICES INCLUDE:

– A discussion with you about your concerns, thoughts, or questions surrounding pet euthanasia.
– Mild sedation to ease any discomfort. Our goal is to make your pet calm and comfortable.
– Euthanasia, the final gift.
– Cremation.
– Notification to your family veterinarian of your pet’s passing if you desire.

THE APPOINTMENT

The entire procedure will be explained once the veterinarian arrives. Feel free to ask questions. Everything will be done at the pace you and your pet dictate.

The actual procedure is quite simple and peaceful. An injection of a sedative is given to ensure your pet is comfortable. Once you and your pet are ready, the final euthanasia medication is given. It works very rapidly. The veterinarian will then confirm that your pet has passed.

After passing you may continue to spend as much time with your pet as you need. An ink paw print will be made and additional hair may be clipped if you wish. The doctor will excuse himself for a few minutes to give you time alone, then return and transport your pet to the car.

Information on how and when your pet’s ashes will be ready to come home will be discussed by the doctor.

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Call 216-559-7158. Please leave a message if I am unable to answer your call. I know you are waiting and I will get back to you shortly.

HOW MUCH NOTICE DO YOU NEED?

I am used to short notice and try to provide same-day appointments. The more notice you can give me, the better chance I have of meeting your pet’s needs. I want to make the process as peaceful as possible.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE?

There is nothing specific you need to do to prepare, I will handle everything for you.

SHOULD MY OTHER PETS BE THERE?

Your other pets can be there if you prefer. Pets grieve too; they grieve in their own way, and in-home care allows housemates to instinctually “know” what has happened. Animals seem to understand this circle of life better than humans do!

SHOULD MY CHILDREN BE THERE?

This is a very personal and family-centered decision. I recommend the family have an open and honest discussion before the appointment and I will follow your wishes.