What to Expect

In-Home Euthanasia Service Includes:

  • Phone Consultation
  • A Review of your Pet’s Medical History
  • Appointment
  • A Minimally Invasive Examination
  • Sedation
  • Humane Euthanasia
  • Coordination of Aftercare if desired
  • Notification to your family veterinarian of your pet’s passing if desired

Dr. Maggie will consult with you on the phone after receiving your contact form/email or voice message.  She will listen to your concerns, ascertain information needed, review your pet’s medical history, and answer any questions you might have. Dr. Maggie will go over her process and together you will decide how to integrate it appropriately for your unique situation. At the close of the conversation you will have decided upon appointment place and time, aftercare option, and fees.

Dr. Maggie will arrive at the appointed time and place. She will meet with you and your family and answer any additional questions you might have and confirm your pet’s medical history. She will review your chosen aftercare option and her fee structure. Although these items have been previously discussed, she understands that in a time of stress it is easy to become confused or to change one’s mind.  You will be asked to complete the Euthanasia Consent Form.

If your pet still has an appetite, it is a good idea to have some tasty treats nearby.  A nice bite of something really tasty like bacon, ham or cheese fed at the time of the injection will be enough of a distraction so that your pet will not notice the pinch of the needle.  Plus it is a nice farewell treat for your pet.

When your pet, you and your family are ready, Dr. Maggie will proceed.  She will conduct a simple minimally invasive exam, making every attempt to minimize handling, restraint, and discomfort.

Next a sedative is administered to help relax your pet. This is a nice mixture of a pain killer, similar to Morphine, and an anesthetic drug.  This injection is administered into the muscle of the rear leg.  A very small needle will be used to minimize any pain or discomfort associated with this small injection.  It is usually a very peaceful experience, much like watching your animal drift off to sleep.

Within a few minutes, your pet will be asleep.  Dr. Maggie will then inject the euthanasia solution intravenously. It is painless to the animal, and acts very quickly to stop the heart.  Dr. Maggie will listen carefully to your pet’s heart to ensure it has stopped.

At this point, if Dr. Maggie is not coordinating your aftercare, she will leave. If she is coordinating your aftercare, she will wait until you have said your final farewell to your beloved pet before preceeding with the aftercare process.

share with your friends...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestDigg thisShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page