Why In-Home Pet Euthanasia?

If your pet is elderly or dealing with a chronic condition, you may decide that a humane euthanasia solution is in your pet’s best interest. We do everything we can to make this emotional and challenging time as personalized and comfortable as possible, in the privacy of your home.
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Comfort

The in-home cat and dog euthanasia process allows pets to cross the rainbow in a familiar, private, and peaceful environment.

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Less Stress

There is no need to move or transport your pet; you can keep them comfortable and relaxed at home.

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Family Presence

You can surround your pet with the love of as many family members as you choose.

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Personalized Experience

Our experienced veterinarians will consult with you to provide a personalized experience according to your wishes and comfort level.

Preparing for Pet Euthanasia at Home

To create the most comfortable experience for your pet, we recommend doing the following:
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Your Pet’s Favorite Spot

Choose a calm, cozy spot where your pet can peacefully transition and feel at ease.

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Items of Comfort

Gather your pet’s favorite things to have on hand, such as a special blanket, bed, toy, or treats.

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Loved Ones

Notify family and friends who you wish to be present during the appointment.

Our Humane Euthanasia Process

From arrival to farewell

This section will guide you through the step-by-step journey from the moment our team arrives at your doorstep to the final moments of your beloved pet's peaceful transition.

 

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Veterinarian Arrival and Introduction

Upon arrival, our veterinarian and assistant will introduce themselves, ensuring you're comfortable, and provide a brief overview of the upcoming process.

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Choosing a Peaceful Spot

Together, we'll select a serene location in your home where your pet feels most relaxed, be it the living room, a couch, or outdoors when the weather's right (above 50 degrees and dry).

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Preparing for the Procedure

Our team will gently prepare the chosen area, ensuring a calm environment for the procedure.

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The Final Moments

You'll have a moment to share some final moments with your pet. Only when you're ready, our veterinarian will begin the 10-20 minute procedure, letting your pet drift into a deep sleep, ensuring your pet's peaceful transition.

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Post-Procedure Care

After your pet has passed, we'll provide you with some private time with your pet. If you've opted for our aftercare services, we'll guide you through the next steps with respect and care.

Euthanasia Services Pricing

The cost of an in-home pet euthanasia appointment depends on factors such as your location, your pet’s weight, and your choice of aftercare services. Visit our pricing page for more information and current offers.

Service Price Range
Service Price Range
Euthanasia Service $309 - $469, depending on pet’s weight
Travel Fee* $89 - $109, depending on location
Group Cremation Pricing $199 - $259, depending on pet weight and location
Private Cremation Pricing $289 - $959, depending on pet weight and location
*One travel fee is charged per home visit, regardless of the number of pets in the household

Why BetterVet?

Our mobile veterinarians examine pets in their favorite spot - a comfy couch, a cozy pet bed, or even your lap! See how we work to keep pets relaxed and happy at home.

What Our Clients Say

Review
Jessica Farrand
BetterVet San Francisco

Dr. Nicole Lee and her Staff were angels. This was the most compassionate service, and we hope others will use this for when it’s time for their pet to cross the rainbow bridge. We never want to say goodbye- but the grace of the in-home hospice service and end of the life care was beyond comforting. We cannot express in words how thankful we are. Highly recommend. Our doggie 16 yr + Blue Weimaraner. Rest in Play Nancy Drew.

scott grunow
BetterVet Chicago
Compassionate and knowledgeable care as we made the decision for end of life care for Sweetie.
Colleen Conway
BetterVet Baltimore
Words cannot express the wonderful vets and the compassion my pet was shown on October 24, 2023. My Emma was a rescue at 8 weeks and lived 21 wonderful years. Her trust was only in me so taking her into a vet in her final hours would have been traumatic for her. The staff came to my home and were gentle, informative and stroked her until she passed. I will never forget the kindness I was shown as my heart broke. There is a special place in my heart for all of you, Thank you so much!
Sandra Jacobson
BetterVet Vancouver
"BetterVet" worked with our old cat to diagnose his fatal illness, then gave us alternatives that were practical and compassionate. When it came time to put our sweetie down, this was where they shined. They were not only super gentle with our kitty, but also compassionate with us as grieving owners. It was a great comfort to be able to put him down on his own bed, with his humans around him, and not have the trauma of bringing him on a car ride.
Sharon Madden
BetterVet Pittsburgh
We cannot express the gratitude we have for BetterVet/Pittsburgh for their compassion they gave us and our dog Gene at the end of his life. They came to our home and our Gene was able to be in his yard on a beautiful sunny day. He deserved the best and they provided it for him Much love and gratitude to them for what they do
Melissa S
BetterVet Chicago
We had to make the decision to euthanize our 15 year old dog. "The BetterVet team" were so caring, compassionate, and loving towards not only our dog but to our family. They explained the entire process and let us have time with our dog, talked to us about him, and made us feel so at ease. We were so blessed to have them be by our sides and how they made his last moments in a calm and loving environment. Thank you to both for making a very emotional and difficult situation less stressful. I would recommend these 2 wonderful people to anyone looking to have an at home euthanasia. Thanks again for loving our baby in his last moments.
Sharon Heim
BetterVet Chicago
We knew it was time to say our good byes to Chloe, 12+ years old and a large breed mix. BetterVet was very professional and compassionate. Thanks to them for making our tough decision the right one. She was comfortable and well cared for.
Brigitte O'Neill
BetterVet Chicago
We needed the services of a home vet for my elderly dog. It came time to say good bye 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.
Michelle Peddy
BetterVet Houston
We had to lay our baby to sleep and y'all were super awesome very caring and understanding very friendly and professional my heart is still broken, thank you so much.
Terrence Hodges
BetterVet Eugene
My wife and I are so appreciative of "the BetterVet team". My wife and I had to make the very difficult end of life decision for our 14 year old boxer. They both were so understanding, caring and compassionate. Options were given related to perhaps prolong life, but they both completely supported our ultimate and difficult decision. We were able to have some time to consider an extremely difficult choice, and to have some personal quiet time prior to the procedure. The procedure, even as difficult as it was - felt peaceful as he quietly passed. Thanks very much for the kindness and support.
Chox Peterson
BetterVet Eugene
I can't recommend this crew of vets and vet techs enough. They are timely, professional and extremely caring. They helped us immensely when it was the end-times for our kitty and made the process so much easier IN OUR HOME! It's 100% worth the extra cost to avoid our pets having the added trauma of going to a vet clinic.

In-Home Pet Euthanasia Service Breakdown

Learn more about the range of services and support provided by BetterVet before, during, and after an in-home euthanasia appointment.

Initial Consultation

Before beginning the procedure, our veterinarian and their assistant will spend time discussing your wishes, expectations, and any concerns, ensuring we tailor the experience to your needs.

Sedation and Injections

This includes both the calming sedative and the final euthanasia injection. Within 5-15 minutes, they'll ease into a relaxed state.

Aftercare Services

We partner with compassionate facilities to handle cremation services for your pet. If you would like our help with aftercare, our team may take your pet with them at the end of your appointment, or a representative from the aftercare facility may pick up your pet.

Pet Loss and Grief Support

BetterVet families can access the 24/7 Pet Compassion Careline. Call 1-855-245-8214 to be connected to an experienced PhD or Master's-level grief counselor - services  are available in English, Spanish, and French.

* On rare occasions, if your pet is larger than 40 pounds, you may have up to 2 hours of additional time to spend with your beloved pet after the procedure, until a crematorium representative arrives for transport.

Quality-of-Life Assessment for Dogs and Cats

Gain a better understanding of your pet’s quality of life with our helpful tool.
Quality-of-Life Assessment for Dogs and Cats

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance should I make a In-Home Veterinary Euthanasia appointment?

When possible, you should schedule your appointment 24 hours or more in advance for pets over 40 pounds.

How much does in-home pet euthanasia cost?

Cost is variable according to your location, but a summary of service costs can be confirmed when you schedule your appointment online on the BetterVet app.

Which payment methods are accepted?

We accept all major credit cards and debit cards. We are unable to accept cash, checks, or Scratchpay. A credit card is required to book your appointment but will not be billed until the end of your home visit.

How long is the dog & cat euthanasia process?

A pet euthanasia appointment typically lasts approximately 20 - 45 minutes, which allows us to go forward at your pace.

Can I stay with my pet during the euthanasia procedure?

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.

How is medication given to larger pets?

The same medications are given to all pets during the euthanasia process and are tailored to your pet’s size and needs.

Are aftercare services included in the home pet euthanasia price?

Aftercare services can be provided at an additional cost and is based on your personal preferences for cremation.

How do I go about making cremation arrangements for my pet?

We will take care of the aftercare arrangements for your pet if you choose that option.

How can I ensure my pet’s ashes are returned after euthanasia?

We work with partner facilities that share our love and respect for pets and have sophisticated tracking systems that assure the return of your pets remains.

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