In-home euthanasia: what to expect

When a pet’s quality of life can’t be kept good any longer, many owners choose euthanasia. I am always willing to help owners decide when it’s time, and when that moment comes I can help you say goodbye in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

When I arrive for an in-home euthanasia, I have you take care of paperwork at the beginning, so that then you can focus on your pet. I tell you in gentle but clear language what will happen in the appointment, so that you’re not left wondering what’s going on and what’s going to happen. I will gladly answer any questions you have and give you as much time with your pet, at all steps of the process, as you need.

When you’re ready, I will give your pet an injection of pain medications and sedatives. From your pet’s perspective, this one quick needle prick will be the worst part. These medications take effect gradually over 3-10 minutes. I will sit off to the side while your pet drifts to sleep gradually in your arms. Any pain or fear that your pet might be feeling should fade away, and your face will be the last thing they see. When these medications have taken full effect, your pet will be alive but unconscious, sound asleep and comfortable.

Once your pet is asleep and you’re ready, I put in a butterly catheter (a small IV) and gives the final medication. This is an overdose of anesthesia which will slow your pet’s heart until it stops. Your pet will be asleep the whole time and won’t feel it or be aware of it. It only takes 30 seconds to a minute.

After the euthanasia, you have several options for handling your pet’s body. I provide respectful bags, made for deceased pets, that can be used for transport or burial. You can bury your pet at home in Georgia, I can transport your pet to your regular vet for cremation, or I can have your pet cremated through Climbing Rose. For this service, Climbing Rose uses Athens Pet Cremation with the help of the Animal Wellness Center in Athens GA. If you choose cremation, you also choose whether you want to have your pet’s ashes returned to you or not. If you do, I will bring them to you once they’re ready (usually in about a week).

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