The word “euthanasia” literally means “imminent death.” And as the only medical profession licensed to perform this most important gift, we take the upmost pride in the technical, medical, and soft skills associated with ending the life of a beloved family member.
AT HOME EUTHANASIA SERVICES INCLUDE:
- A discussion with you about your concerns, thoughts, or questions surrounding euthanasia.
- Appropriate sedation to help ease any discomfort; you deserve one last memory of your pet calm and comfortable.
- Administration of an induction agent (propofol) to make pet go to sleep with no pain or suffering and then the Euthanasia solution, the final gift.
- Memorial keepsakes to help mend the broken heart.
CREMATION SERVICES AND PICK UP:
We partner with "FAITHFUL COMPANION" a pet cremation service for the pick up and cremation of our patients, they offer an independent service with a variety of options for urns and other ways to remember your beloved family member including:
- Clay paw print (made at your home)
- Lock of fur, if desired
- Pet Loss Booklet with your pet’s name and date of passing, which serves as a death certificate. Our booklet includes information on canine and feline grief other pets may experience, in addition to some beautiful poems and stories.
- Transportation for cremation.
- Notification to your family veterinarian of your pet's passing.
The entire procedure will be explained once the veterinarian arrives, according to your interest level and comfort. Feel free to ask questions if needed. Everything will be done at the pace you and your pet dictate. The actual procedure is quite simple and peaceful: except under extreme or emergent circumstances a sedation injection is given to ensure your pet is comfortable. Once you and your pet are ready, the final euthanasia medication is given, usually in a vein. It works very rapidly, only seconds in most cases. The veterinarian will then confirm that your pet has passed on. After, you may continue to spend as much time as you need. A paw print will be made when you are ready, and additional hair may be clipped if you wish. If we are handling transportation for cremation, the doctor will excuse herself/himself for a few minutes to give you time alone, then return with a small basket or flat stretcher and soft blanket to transport your pet to the car. Information on how and when your pet’s ashes will be ready to come home will be discussed by the doctor in detail. Additionally, information on where your local crematory spreads communal ashes or how to bury your pet properly at home are available.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
You may call us at 239-777-7387, or fill send us an email to request an appointment at [email protected]
HOW MUCH NOTICE DO YOU NEED?
Just like birth, death is difficult to predict; we are very used to short notice and same-day appointments. Of course, the most notice you can give us, the best chance we have of working around your schedule and ours. Remember that we want to make the process as peaceful as possible. Just ask any clinician that’s ever worked in a veterinary ER; emergency euthanasias are not always the most peaceful.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE?
There is nothing specific you need to do to prepare, we will help you to arrange everything for you.
SHOULD MY OTHER PETS BE THERE?
If you want your other pets to be there, absolutely. If rambunctious puppies or fearful kitties need to wait in another room until their brother or sister has passed, that’s ok too, they can say goodbye when the doctor steps out. Yes, pets grieve too; they grieve in their own way, and in-home care allows housemates to instinctually “know” what has happened. Animals seem to understand this circle of life better than humans do!
WHAT ABOUT MY CHILDREN, SHOULD THEY BE THERE?
This is a very personal and family-centered decision. As veterinarians, many of us have human children as well, and are more than happy to share our experiences if you wish. Remember that the decision to say goodbye is not something you must do on your own. Yes, some families will see the “look in their eye” or simply “know when it’s time,” but many of you will not, it will be much more unclear.
You don’t have to do this alone.
As veterinarians, we have dedicated our lives to helping pets and the people that love them, so reach out whenever you are ready to learn more, not just when “it’s time.”