Deciding to put your pet to sleep is never an easy decision even when the pet is very sick. Understanding the euthanasia process and knowing what to expect during the appointment can help put you at ease. In an effort to make end of life care a peaceful experience for both pet and owner, we try to schedule appointments for this service whenever possible. Call our office when you feel ready and we will make you an appointment. Feel free to bring your pet’s favorite blanket, toy or treats from home to make him or her more comfortable.
When you arrive for your appointment you will check in with the front desk. The receptionist will ask you to sign some paperwork and to choose what you would like to do with your pet’s remains. There are several options to choose from:
- 1. You can choose to take your pet home to bury.
- 2. You can choose our standard cremation option. You will not receive your pet’s remains back with this option. Their ashes will be spread at our crematorium, Pet Angel Memorial Center.
- 3. You can choose private cremation. Your pet will be the only pet in the cremation chamber with this option and their ashes will be returned to you in a memorial box or special urn of your choosing. You can view the product catalog here: http://www.petangelmemorialcenter.com/memorial-products
We offer two different payment options for this service so that you are able to leave quietly and discreetly after your appointment is over. We can take payment over the phone prior to your appointment, or if you prefer, we can take payment when you check in for your appointment.
Once you’re settled into an exam room, your veterinarian and technician will greet you and your pet and discuss any thoughts, concerns or questions you might have. Everything will take place at the pace you are comfortable with. When you are ready, the technician will take your pet out of the exam room to place an i.v. catheter in his or her leg. This makes it easier for us to administer the medications, which in turn, makes it less stressful for your pet. Once the i.v. catheter is placed the technician will bring your pet back into the exam room. You will be able to spend as much time with your pet as you need.
When you are ready, your veterinarian will proceed with the euthanasia. The procedure itself is very peaceful and painless. The first injection we will administer is a sedative to make your pet feel comfortable and fall asleep. When you are ready, we will administer the second injection to complete the euthanasia process. It works very quickly and only takes a few minutes for your pet to pass on after the second injection is given. You may continue to spend as much time with your beloved pet as you need.
When you are ready, we will gently move your pet out of the exam room. If you have chosen to take your pet home to bury, we will place them in a burial box and meet you at our back entrance. If you have chosen cremation, we will handle the arrangements. You can expect a call from us in about a week when your pet’s remains have been returned to our office.
*We hope the above summary has been helpful in describing what our clients can expect during an end of life appointment. However, each situation is different and each patient’s needs are unique. Doctors may slightly adjust methods to make the process as painless as possible for everyone involved.
For more information on our cremation center and end of life care please see www.petangelmemorialcenter.com