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In-Home Euthanasia - for Dogs and Cats

When you are ready, one of our compassionate veterinary doctors will have an open, honest, and empathetic conversation about your pet’s quality of life. We consider these discussions to be one of the most difficult and important parts of our profession. Our experienced veterinary care teams can help you navigate end-of-life options for your pet.

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End of life

Why In-Home Euthanasia?

If you decide that humane euthanasia is in your pet’s best interest, our peaceful process will help your pet 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.

In-home euthanasia allows your pet to be in his or her 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

Our Humane Euthanasia Process

One 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.

Our Humane Euthanasia Process

Your veterinarian will begin the appointment by providing an overview of the 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 the living room floor, a family room couch, or even outside in good weather conditions (above 50 degrees and not raining).

Our Humane Euthanasia Process

Once you are ready for us to begin the 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 slip away 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 love them in your arms during the entire appointment.

Our Humane Euthanasia Process

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 procedure is a painless and peaceful process for your pet that is much like falling into a deep sleep.

Aftercare and Cremation

After your pet has passed, we give you the time and space to spend a few last moments together. If cremation is elected, we will wrap your pet in a blanket and gently place them on our stretcher/basket before transporting them out of your home and to the crematorium. For large 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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Client Testimonials

“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.

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Verified Google Review, BetterVet Southwest Chicago

“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.

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Verified Google Review, BetterVet South Jersey

“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.

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Verified Google Review, BetterVet San Francisco
Frequently Asked Questions
Does euthanasia hurt or cause pain?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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.

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