Home Euthanasia

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding at home pet euthanasia. We know that this is a stressful and sad time for families and we want to provide you with as much information as possible to help you make the very best decisions.
How far in advance do I need to schedule?
We advise scheduling the appointment 1-2 days ahead if you can, but if you need help sooner, please call us and we will do our best to help you.
How long will the home euthanasia appointment take?

In general, a home euthanasia appointment will take 20-30 minutes.

Does the veterinarian bring an assistant?
Yes, both the veterinarian and the veterinary assistant will be at your home and present during the home euthanasia service. We do try to provide your family as much personal time and space as needed during and after the euthanasia service.
Where will the home euthanasia be provided?

The service can be provided wherever you and your pet will feel the most comfortable.

Do I need to make any special preparations?
No, our team will provide everything but we recommend having some food or treats available if your pet is still eating well.
Can my children be present?
All family members can absolutely be present. Keep in mind that very young children will not understand that your pet has passed and may perceive your pet to be asleep. They may not understand why everyone else is so sad.
Should my other pets be present during the at home euthanasia service?
We always recommend that you allow your other pets to be with you during the service. Pets understand on an instinctual level that their pack member is ready to move on. It’s important that they are with you because they will be able to understand and grieve with you. The emotions of everyone in the room  will also help your other pets know that you are saying goodbye.
Can my pet have an adverse reaction to the sedative?
Some kitties will meow or hiss when the sedative is given, but within seconds they begin to feel euphoria and complete pain relief. Very rarely a kitty will experience confusion instead of sedation in which case the doctor will administer more medication to achieve sedation.
Can my pet have an adverse reaction to the euthanasia medicine?
The euthanasia medicine is given once your pet is fully sedated, and after all pain receptors are blocked and they are no longer aware. They do not feel anything when the euthanasia medicine is given. Once they have passed, we can sometimes see muscle reflexes but your pet will not feel nor experience any adverse reactions.
Where does my pet go after the euthanasia is completed?

We will take your pet afterward. Your pet will remain in our care. Within several days, the crematorium will take over the care of your pet.

How long before I receive my pet’s ashes?

You will be contacted within 2-3 weeks to arrange home delivery of your pet’s ashes.

Should I let my pet die naturally?
Natural death typically involves prolonged pain and suffering. By choosing in-home euthanasia you are providing the most kind and gentle passing for your pet.
How is payment handled?
We will help you with the payment over the phone when you call to schedule the appointment. Your appointment will be confirmed after the payment is made.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
You may cancel the appointment and receive a full refund if the cancellation is made at least 3 hours prior to the appointment time. Otherwise, a charge of $350 will be applied.