HOSPICE AND EUTHANASIA SERVICES
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is an incredibly difficult process. We understand your pain, but more importantly, we understand your pet’s pain. If you’re unsure if it’s time, bring your pet to us and we’ll help you with understanding the signs. Some to look for are as follows:
Euthanasia offers you the benefit of being with your pet and being able to say goodbye, bringing comfort to both of you. We will thoroughly walk you through the procedure, as familiarity is often comforting. The procedure is entirely painless and your pet won’t feel a thing. We recommend you bring their favorite sleeping blanket or a favorite toy, to bring them their own sense of familiarity as they complete their journey here. A tech will be on hand, to hold them or give them a sedative if needed. An IV catheter will be placed in their leg, to ensure their vein does not rupture. We will use this vein to inject them with an overdose of sodium pentobarbital or another anesthetic drug. It’ll be like they’re just going to sleep. The drugs will render them unconscious, then slow and eventually stop their heart. We’ll confirm their heart has ceased beating, and give you a moment alone with your pet if you so choose. You may see involuntary muscle twitching or even breathing, it’s a natural posthumous bodily reaction, and nothing to worry about.
- Chronic labored breathing, breathlessness, coughing
- Chronic pain unaffected by medication
- Frequent diarrhea or vomiting
- Inability to stand or move around
- Disinterest in food or favorite toys
- No zest for life
Before the procedure, we’ll go over your post euthanasia options with you. Cremation is a popular choice – you can spread your pet’s ashes in their favorite spot, or keep them close to you in an urn. There are also ways to fire them into jewelry, to keep them with you all the time.
Another option is burial. If you choose to bury in your own backyard, make sure to check with local ordinances first for potential restrictions. If you’d rather a pet cemetery, we are more than happy to help point you in the direction of the right one for you.