In Home Euthanasia
What Should I Expect?
A trip to the local vet clinic, time spent in the waiting room, adds only another level of stress for the pet and the owner. Home is the best place for goodbyes. It gives comfort and privacy and removes the anxiety for the pet and the pet owner. In home euthanasia allows for the pet to be in the comfort of their own home during the last moments of their life. Pets will be placed in a deep sleep and allowed to die peacefully.
Our staff and the mobile veterinarian arrives at the same time. After your pet is euthanized your pet is transferred by our staff back to our facility. If you elect cremation, your pet will be returned within 7-10 business days. If you elect burial, your pet will be buried in the private burial gardens. Rest assured, which ever disposition you choose, your pet will be grateful they were allowed to pass in the comfort of their own home.
In Home Euthanasia
Euthanasia is performed to save the pet from avoidable pain, as well as from suffering from a terminal illness. Often our pets seem much better on some days, and worse on others. In this case, it is wise to make your assessment based on average comfort levels.
Choosing euthanasia is a difficult and very personal choice. Our staff coordinates home euthanasia to make this difficult time easier on you. Please let us know if you would like your pet to be euthanized in the comfort of its home.
Dr. Black’s parents were in the military. She graduated from Ludwigmaximillian University in Munich, Germany in 1984. Before moving to Irving, Texas in 1986,she received a PhD in physiology. For years Dr. Black worked for the SPCA in Dallas and with TCAP, a company offering low cost spaying, neutering and vaccinations.In 2007, she moved with her husband, dog and cat to Georgetown and began working at the WILCO shelter doing surgery. She and her husband do a low cost vaccine clinic there twice a month.
Dr. Black strongly believes in the compassionate care all animals deserve.
The charges for Home Euthanasia are set by the veterinarian and are separate from our charges.
When trying to decide on whether or not to euthanize, or humanely end the life of your pet, you need to ask some important questions: Our hearts are with you.
- Is your pet in pain or serious discomfort which cannot be controlled efficiently?
- Does your pet eat and drink enough for normal preservation without difficulty and without constant vomiting and/or diarrhea?
- Is your pet able to breathe without trouble?
- Can your pet urinate and defecate without difficulty?
- Is your pet free from inoperable tumors which cause pain?
- Is your pet able to walk reasonably well?
When is it Time to Say Goodbye?
If you are visiting our website you have already made the decision that it is time to let go of your pet and you are looking for a way to make this transition easier for your pet, to lessen her/his suffering by making it painless and stress free.
Your pet has been part of your life for many years and has helped you through tough times… such a faithful companion. Now when you look into your pets eyes you see the love but you also see the pain and suffering.
The decision to euthanize a pet is so painful, and probably the most difficult decision you will have to make regarding your pet. However, it is perhaps the kindest thing you can do for a pet that is so sick or so severely injured that she/he will never recover to normal health. Such a decision may become necessary for the welfare of your pet and for the welfare of you and your family. The quality of life is important for pets and people alike. Decision’s need to be made with all parties involved.
If your pet can no longer do the things he or she once enjoyed, if your pet does not respond to you in the usual ways, or if there is more pain than pleasure in her/his life, you may need to consider home euthanasia. Likewise, if your pet is terminally ill or critically injured, or if the financial or emotional cost of treatment is beyond your means, home euthanasia may be a valid option.
Home euthanasia is the act of ending your pet’s life for humane reasons in the comfort of her/his natural surroundings. It brings you comfort to know that your pet’s departure was carried out in the most humane way possible surrounded by the people she/he loves and performed by gentle caring compassionate individuals that will make this event as manageable as possible.
It is normal to question one’s judgment regarding whether the animal could have lived longer. When considering home euthanasia there are many factors which contribute to such a decision. Some, such as chronic painful suffering, are clear indicators for an immediate euthanasia. Others, such as stiffness or incontinence are less clear.
Below are a set of questions to aid you in your decision
Quality of Life-
Does your pet have more bad days than good days?
Does it seem like she/he just endures each day?
Is your pet in so much pain that she/he can no longer can walk?
Does your pet walk to eat, drink or toilet only?
Does your pet need assistance to get up?
Does your pet rise slowly and is stiff?
Eating & Drinking
Is your pet not eating & or drinking normally and regular amounts?
Do you have to hand feed your pet?
Is your pet losing weight &/or dehydrated?
Does your pet not play like they used to?
Is your pet not interested when you come home or leave?
Does your pet urinate or defecate on itself?
Does your pet have painful urination or defecation on a chronic basis?
Cannot hold urine or feces indoors and has accidents in the home.
Does your pet shows aggression when approached (fangs, growling)?
Does your pet no longer show affection even when petted or rubbed?
Does your pet become stressed or afraid when left alone?
Does your pet interact with other pets?
Does your pet cry or moan when moving or re-positioning?
Does your pet avoid all but necessary activity such as eating or toileting?
Can your pet no longer climb stairs or inclines?
When you look into your pet’s eyes do you feel she/he does not want to be alive any longer?
Do you feel your pet still enjoys life?
Is your pet telling you she/he is ready to go, and they will meet you on the other side?
There will never be enough time to say goodbye to a faithful best friend; however, there are activities for saying goodbye that can be meaningful to you and your pet.
Share a special time alone with the pet.
Make a special meal.
Go to a favorite park.
Spend time cuddling and petting.
Take many pictures with family members and pet siblings.
Make a scrap book of your pet.
Why Choose In-Home Euthanasia?
In-home euthanasia is one of the kindest most loving things you can do for your pets. Spending your final moments in the presence of your loved ones is very comforting. There are many benefits of in home euthanasia or having your pet euthanized in our pet funeral home. In-home pet euthanasia opens up many wonderful possibilities for you, your family, and your beloved pet.
- The presence of family and friends are all in one place to say good-bye
- No upsetting car rides to the vet
- The privacy of not having other pets around during this trying time
- Grieving in private, taking as long as you need to say good-bye
- Our funeral home has music, candles, and pictures of your pet displayed
- Pet is not mobile and too large to transport
In-home pet euthanasia or pet euthanasia in our pet funeral home opens up many wonderful possibilities for you and your beloved pet. Together, you can decide when the time is right.
Every pet will receive an injection to sedate/anesthetize them prior to the euthanasia. This injection will slowly relax the pet making them pain free. Once they are fully relaxed and unconscious the euthanasia injection is administered intravenously. The drug used for euthanasia is an anesthetic agent. The drug is given at a high dose to stop the pet’s brain and heart activity causing a quick and painless death.