Doing euthanasia at home or in the hospital is a personal choice. Some people prefer to have their animal euthanized at the hospital with their veterinarian. Our staff tries to help with this process and make it as comfortable as possible on both the pets and the people that love them. Other people would prefer to have their animal euthanized at home.
Being euthanized at home or outside in a favorite place can be comforting to both the animal and the family. The family can choose where in the home or outside they would like to spend time. Our staff will arrive and give a sedative so that your pet is comfortable. We can take the time to answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to support you in this time.
Who will come to the house?
Does it hurt?
How long does it take?
Should my other pets be there?
Should my children be there?
How much notice is needed for euthanasia appointments?
Do we have to be present?
When is it time to consider euthanasia?
- The ability to interact with the family: Is your pet still happy to see you? Is your pet seeking interaction or hiding?
- Eating: Is your pet still eating? Losing weight? Have to be fed by syringe? Vomiting?
- Drinking: Is your pet able to drink enough water to maintain adequate hydration or does it need to have fluids? If you are giving fluids at home is your pet tolerant of this or is it a struggle every time? Is your pet vomiting after drinking?
- Potty habits: Is your pet able to stand up and go to the bathroom? Is it able to go outside? Does it know that it is having an accident? Have they developed incontinence or secondary urine scalding? Have they developed diarrhea and secondary scald? Are they able to move away from their urine or feces?
- Mobility: Is your pet able to get up and move around? Still enjoying the walks or time outside? Are they able to get up to go to the bathroom? Are they able to get up to eat or drink? Are they frequently slipping or falling over?
- Pain: Is your pet in pain? Is the pain able to be managed with medications or is it no longer comfortable?
- Breathing: Is your pet breathing comfortably or is it a struggle? Is your pet’s cough unable to be managed anymore? Can your pet lie down and rest or is it getting up constantly? Does your pet get out of breath frequently?
- Disease: Does your pet have a chronic or incurable disease? Does your pet have cancer? Is the disease robbing of your pet’s personality? Is the disease no longer able to be managed with medications or diet?
- Mentation: Is your pet no longer the pet that you once knew? Does your pet recognize you or other pets? Does your pet cry or whine constantly? Turn circles or pace frequently? Does your pet seem disoriented or distressed? Does your pet show interest in their favorite things? Do they show signs of separation anxiety or stare blankly at walls? Does your pet seem to get lost in the corners of the room?
Looking at each day independently and making note if it is a good day or a bad day for your pet. When the bad days are outnumbering the good days, it may be time to consider euthanasia. Just know there is no “right” time. Sometimes you may hear that you will “know” that it is time. And this is true for some people. But this can be a heartbreaking decision and sometimes people DON’T know. And that is OK. We can help if you have questions.
How do I make an appointment?
How can I pay?
What happens to my pet’s remains?
You can choose from multiple options:
- At home burial: You will need to check your local ordinances to see if this is permitted.
- Pet burial: we have options for burial in a memorial park. We can give you the information on that day.
- Communal cremation: your pet will be cremated with other animals and the ashes are spread.
- Private cremation: we can take your pet with us on a stretcher (if under 75 pounds). Over 75 pounds there will be an additional $50 charge. The remains will be able to be picked up at the clinic.
- Oakey’s Pet Crematory will pick up during regular business hours for $39 and after hours for $139. We can also take your pet with us and Oakey’s can pick up from our clinic. The remains will be able to be picked up at Oakey’s.