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In-Home Euthanasia

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Choosing In-Home Pet Euthanasia

We want to convey our deepest sympathies that you are having to face the eventual loss of your beloved pet.  We know that this is an extremely painful time for your entire family.  In addition to the grief you are already experiencing, the decision to euthanize can feel overwhelming. To aid in the decision-making process, please call Restful Paws and we will gladly answer any questions you might have.  Our goal is to provide the most peaceful passing experience possible in the comfort of your own home. If you are having difficulty deciding if it is the right time, a Quality-of-Life Consultation with one of our Restful Paws veterinarians may be helpful. 

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What To Expect During Euthanasia?

As hard as it is to think about, it can be helpful to get a better understanding of pet euthanasia. This may assist you in preparing for the procedure and in coping with the grieving process.

The goal of in-home euthanasia is to give your dog or cat a peaceful passing at home. We use several medications, including pain relievers and sedatives to allow your pet to gently fall asleep. During this time, you can be with your dog or cat and give them lots of love and reassurance.

There is no need to limit food or water prior to our visit. You are welcome to have special food treats available to offer while the pain medication is being given and while your pet is getting comfortable.

We then will give another medication that will allow your pet to pass peacefully within a few minutes. You may take as much time as you need with your pet after they have passed. We will then take care of all aftercare arrangements if you choose. This allows you to focus on taking care of yourself and your loved ones after you say goodbye.

You’ll be able to be with your dog or cat throughout this entire process to help him or her to be calm and comforted. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you and your pet through this very difficult time. In-home pet euthanasia allows your pet to have a dignified and peaceful passing from the comfort of their own home.

Preparing For Your Visit

We want to make your pet’s passing as peaceful as possible for him or her, but also for your family.  This starts with a calm peaceful environment.  Think of the places your pet likes to spend time in.  Ideally, this is a comfortable location for you and your family as well. Your pet may have already chosen a place prior to our arrival. We can accommodate wherever your pet is comfortable, even if it is not one of his or her normal resting spots.  As your pet is falling asleep, it is best to have a quiet environment, or you can have some soft music playing.

Some families like to leave a “Do Not Disturb” note on the front door.  If there are friends or family who are not able to attend the appointment, you can plan to have them present virtually on a device.  A common question is what to do with other pets.  In general, it may be helpful to allow them to be present if they want to be unless you feel they will be a distraction.  This is a very intimate moment between you and the beloved pet you are losing, and a very energetic pet may disrupt that.  If you choose to keep any pets away during the process, we can allow them to visit their housemate after they have passed.