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Why At-Home Pet Euthanasia?

If your pet is elderly or you have a sick pet, you may decide that a humane euthanasia solution is in your pet’s best interest. Our compassionate in-home pet euthanasia process will help your dog or cat cross the rainbow bridge with dignity, surrounded by those they love. We do everything we can to make this emotional and challenging time as personalized and comfortable as possible, in the privacy of your home. Euthanizing your pet at home allows them to be in their favorite location, removes the need for travel, and allows your entire family to be present when appropriate. Humane euthanasia is a challenging topic, and your family’s process will be unique to you. We are available to help and are privileged to assist in your pet’s peaceful passing.

Our Humane Euthanasia Process - What to Expect

Our Humane Euthanasia Process - What to ExpectOne of our veterinarians, along with an assistant, will travel to your home so you and your pet can remain together in a peaceful, comfortable, and private environment. All of your love and focus can be directed toward your furry family member during this emotional time. The entire appointment typically lasts 20-45 minutes, which allows us to go forward at your pace without rushing through any part of the process.

Your veterinarian will begin the appointment by providing an overview of the in-home pet euthanasia procedure. They will allow time for you to discuss any of your questions or concerns. The entire process is individually tailored toward your preferences and comfort level. We can work in the area of your home where you and your pet are most comfortable, whether it be on the living room floor, a family room couch, or even outside in good weather conditions (above 50 degrees and not raining).

EuthanasiaOnce you are ready for us to begin the home euthanasia procedure, your pet will receive an injection containing a pain reliever mixed with a heavy sedative to help them remain calm and comfortable. As the sedative takes effect, usually within 5-15 minutes, you’ll notice your pet’s pain diminish as they continue to relax. You and your family can be right by their side the entire time. Feel free to hold them, talk to them, and touch them during the entire appointment.

Once your pet is asleep or completely relaxed, we place a pad underneath them to protect your floor/furniture, as some pets may release urine or stool as they cross the rainbow bridge. At this time, you’ll have another opportunity to share one last memory together. Your veterinarian may place an IV catheter for the final injection. The entire at-home pet euthanasia procedure is a painless and peaceful process for your pet that is much like falling into a deep sleep. ‍ 


Pet Aftercare and Cremation

After your pet has transitioned over the rainbow bridge, we will give you the time and space to spend a few more moments together. If cremation is elected, we will wrap your pet in a blanket and gently place them on our stretcher or basket before transporting them out of your home and to the crematorium. For larger dogs, we may ask for your help carrying them out on our stretcher or have a representative from the pet crematorium assist us with the transportation.

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Quality-of-Life Assessment for Dogs and Cats

If you are facing decisions about your pet's end-of-life care, a Quality-of-Life Consultation is often a good place to start. A Quality-of-Life appointment includes an in-depth discussion with one of our veterinarians and a thorough review of your pet's health history. We will offer feedback on your pet's functioning and comfort level, and together we can make a plan that is in your pet's best interest. Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind about how to move forward. To help you gain a better understanding of your pet's quality of life before your appointment, take our Quality-of-Life Assessment for dogs and cats.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does euthanasia hurt or cause pain?
The euthanasia process is almost completely painless. The first step is a sedative to ease your pet into a calm and pain-free state. The rest of the process is similar to your pet falling into a deep and peaceful sleep.
How do I know if it’s time?
Every pet is different, but generally, if your pet is unable to freely ambulate, is having difficulty breathing, or seems to be in chronic pain or distress, it might be time to consider humane euthanasia. If you are unsure what the best care plan is for your pet, this would be a good time to schedule a Quality of Life Consultation with one of our veterinarians.
Why is it better to euthanize my pet in the home instead of at an animal hospital?
In-home euthanasia allows your pet to stay in the comfort and familiarity of home, surrounded by family and other pets. When our compassionate veterinary team comes to you, there is no stress associated with driving to the vet clinic, either for you or your pet. In-home pet euthanasia allows you to take your time saying goodbye to your pet in a private setting and the process can be customized according to your wishes and comfort level.
Do you take my pet with you after they pass?
It is up to you if you want to keep your pet with you after the procedure. If you choose cremation, we will bring your pet with us and will take care of the arrangements. If you choose a communal cremation, your pet’s ashes will not be returned to you. If you choose private cremation, you can make arrangements to pick up your pet’s ashes or have them delivered to you. Please refer to our other Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about BetterVet and the benefits of in-home veterinary care.
Can I stay with my pet during in-home euthanasia?

Yes, we encourage you as well as other family members to stay with your pet during the in-home euthanasia process. Your veterinarian will let you know what to expect during the entire procedure and will make sure you feel comfortable moving forward with each step.

Where is the best place to perform in-home euthanasia?
The best place to perform in-home euthanasia is a familiar setting where your pet feels the most comfortable. Options might include one of your pet's favorite spots - their bed, on the couch, or even outside if temperatures are above 50 and it’s not raining. Humane euthanasia at home allows you to make this decision for your pet.
How long does in-home euthanasia take?
The in-home euthanasia process takes approximately 30-45 minutes, but your veterinarian will be happy to take as long as you need. First, your veterinarian will first administer a sedative to relax your pet, which takes approximately 5-15 minutes to take effect. When your pet is in a calm and sleepy state, you can spend more time with your pet before the final injection, which usually takes 30-60 seconds. Your veterinarian will be there to support and comfort you and your pet during your pet’s peaceful transition.
How does in-home pet euthanasia work?
A veterinarian will visit your home and administer medication to euthanize your pet peacefully. The process involves sedation to ensure comfort, followed by a medication that stops the heart. The veterinarian will handle the necessary arrangements for aftercare, such as cremation or burial.
How do I book in-home euthanasia?
If you've decided the time has come to move forward with humane euthanasia, you can schedule a home visit online or on our mobile app.

What Our Clients Say

We needed the services of a home vet for my elderly dog. It came time to say goodbye to her, and at-home euthanasia was what I wanted. I found this fantastic doctor and could not have been more blessed. Caring, compassionate, exceptional. I will continue to use them to care for my other pets.
Bridget O.
Five stars
My first experience involved the euthanasia of my oldest cat who had been declining in health for some time. The veterinarian and her technician were so compassionate, and I will be forever grateful that I was able to spend those moments in the comfort of my home.
Sarah P.
Five stars
My dog had gotten very sick and I needed information on euthanasia at home. Did a video consult with a very nice doctor and got the information to make the decision. He has recovered, but we take each day as it comes, knowing that the service is available to let him go peacefully.
Caralynn N.
Five stars

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