Making a decision about when your pet would benefit most from humane euthanasia is never easy. Our team is here to help you answer the question: Is it time?
Consult with our veterinarians and schedule an appointment for a full physical exam of your pet’s mental and physical state. While our doctors can help you to make an informed decision, understand that you are not forced to make any decisions on the spot. It is okay to take some time to think things over.
We love your pets as much as you do, and euthanasia is never an easy decision or process. Know that our team is here to support you through it all. If you decide to move forward with the euthanasia procedure, here is what you can expect:
We typically perform euthanasia in our hospital and will accommodate you as best we can. When you arrive, someone from our team will escort you into a quiet, reserved room to discuss paperwork, the procedure, and body care options.
We will make the payment process as easy as possible for you, as we understand that this is an emotional time. While for some this may be the first euthanasia, we know that other pet parents may be familiar with the process, though either situation can still be difficult and stressful.
Once you decide that you are ready and all paperwork has been squared away, your technician will bring in your pet’s sedation. Your veterinarian will sedate your pet prior to euthanasia to reduce their stress and make your pet more comfortable.
Sedation typically takes about 10-15 minutes to take full effect, bringing your pet into a deep and comfortable sleep. Once your pet is sedated, they will not be aware of the rest of the procedure. They will, however, know they are surrounded by the people they love, and who love them.
When your pet is fully sedated, and you let us know that you are ready, the technician will return with the materials to place an intravenous catheter. We place the catheter to allow the veterinarian better access to the blood supply. Your pet will not be able to feel the catheter being placed.
It is important to remember that with sedation and the possible declined health of your pet, placing an IV catheter may be difficult. If this is the case, there are alternative options that your veterinarian may use. Your technician and veterinarian will explain any difficulty and alternative options throughout the process.
Once the technician has access to the vein, they will ask if you would like to spend some more time with your pet or if you are ready for the veterinarian to come in for the final injection.
Remember, you are more than welcome to spend as much time with your pet as you need. We understand how difficult this may be, and want you to have the best possible experience considering the circumstances.
After the procedure, when you are ready to depart, we request that you turn off the lights and close the door to allow your pet privacy. Your technician will return to the room once you have left to respectfully cover your pet’s body with a soft blanket.
There are many ways to remember a lost pet, such as clay paw prints and shadow boxes. Ask your technician about additional ways that we can help you honor and remember your pet.