SHOULD CHILDREN BE PRESENT DURING THE EUTHANASIA?
Children should always have the opportunity to say goodbye instead of coming home to an empty house. In our experience, older children (over 5 or 6 years old) are amazingly resilient and will impress you with the heavenly comments they think of. Of course, this decision is to be made by the parents and the parents alone. Some parents have elected to have children at home but in a different room for the sedation and/or actual procedure. This ensured the child was insulated from the parent’s emotions (usually harder to deal with than the actual loss of the pet), but were allowed to come say goodbye before the pet was taken away. From comments of parents afterwards, we have found this much easier on the children and on the parents alike. For children younger than 5 or 6, they seem to be unsure about what’s going on and are, again, more upset by the parent’s emotions than by the loss of the pet. Still, honesty is usually the best policy even for this age. Again… no matter what anyone says, you’re the parent and you know what’s best!!
SHOULD OTHER PETS BE PRESENT DURING A EUTHANASIA?
It is our experience that other household pets absolutely need time to say goodbye, as long as they are not disruptive to their sick housemate. If needed, other pets can be placed in another room, then allowed to come say goodbye after their friend has passed. They may act depressed or mope around for a day or so after, but it seems there is much more closure when they are able to see and smell the body of their friend. Dogs and cats have been known to search the house for days when not allowed closure. Sometimes, other pets in the house will appear to ignore their friend who has passed. Rest assured, they have taken in the situation and understand despite their lack of reaction. Other pets may shake or cry. Make sure you pay extra attention to remaining pets to reassure them that everything is ok. You will need the closeness as much as they do!
AM I ABLE TO STAY WITH MY PET DURING THE PROCEDURE?
Yes, you are welcome to stay for as much of the procedure as you are comfortable with. Some people elect to be present for the entire procedure while others only want to be present for just the sedation. It is your personal decision.
CAN YOU EUTHANIZE AN AGGRESSIVE PET?
Yes. We recognize that pets may act out, particularly at a stranger or a veterinarian due to being painful or perhaps protective of themselves or their families. We ask that you let us know candidly if your animal has a history of being aggressive with strangers or veterinarians, or if a veterinary assistant is likely to be required to restrain the animal. If we feel that muzzling the animal will help our veterinarians and our families feel safe we have soft rubber basket muzzles that are not difficult or stressful for the animal since they will not hold their mouths closed or restrict them. We use an anti-anxiety scented cream on the muzzle to help ease anxiety and make your pet feel as safe and calm and possible.
WHAT IF MY PET HAS BITTEN SOMEONE?
Euthanasia appointments can be scheduled but there is a mandatory waiting period of 10-14 days following a bite or alternatively, required rabies testing of the animal after euthanasia depending on the state law.
WHY SHOULD I EUTHANIZE MY PET? IS PASSING NATURALLY A BETTER OPTION?
Although the decision is always hard, deciding to euthanize your beloved pet when they no longer enjoy a quality of life is one of the greatest gifts you can give your pet. Ensuring your pet has a peaceful and dignified passing and does not suffer unnecessarily with a disease process they cannot recover from is part of your role as their trusted guardian.
HOW DO I KNOW IT IS THE RIGHT TIME TO EUTHANIZE MY PET?
This is a very difficult and personal question to answer. You know your pet best. Some changes which may indicate the time is approaching are: No longer interested in food or water, incontinence, unable to go without falling down, no longer greeting you, isolates themselves from the family, unable to stand or walk on their own, change in attitude, fewer good days than bad. Please feel free to discuss with us or to request an in-home consultation.
WHY DOES IT COST MORE THAN TAKING MY PET TO THE VET?
Private in-home call service is very valuable and costly. Our service provides a high end concierge component and exceptional care for your pet. From preparation before the appointment, driving and making aftercare arrangements there is a significant amount of time that goes into caring for your pet. We also hand transport your pet to the cremation facility and back to you and only provide private cremation.
WHY ARE THE REMEMBRANCES SO EXPENSIVE?
The remembrances are a work of art made by hand by local artisans with your pet’s ashes. These pieces are unique to you and your pet and a piece of art hand made by an artisan.
WILL EUTHANASIA HURT?
No, euthanasia does not hurt. They will have a sedative first before the anesthesia is administered.
HOW LONG DOES THE EUTHANASIA TAKE?
The whole appointment is typically between 30-45minutes. The first injection is a heavy sedative that will allow your pet to relax and not feel any pain. The final injection is fast acting. The veterinarian will give you some time alone with your pet after the final injection. If you elect to have our Aftercare Package we will take your pet with us to our local partner crematory.
IS THE PERSON COMING TO MY HOME A VETERINARIAN?
Yes, we only use licensed veterinarian.
HOW DO I PUT MY PET ON YOUR MEMORIAL WALL AND FACEBOOK?
We would love to put a photo and a letter to your pet on our memorial wall and on facebook. Please feel free to post your pet’s photo on our page or email in a photo and we would be happy to share it in memory of your pet.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
It is ideal to contact us a few days in advance so that arrangements can be made that are right for everyone. We understand this is not always the case and sometimes animals take quick and unexpected turns for the worse. We do our very best to accommodate your needs.