If pet euthanasia is decided on, we’ll set up an appointment for you to either bring your pet to the clinic or for us to come to you for a home euthanasia. On the day of your appointment, we aim to be as sensitive as possible to your needs and those of your pet. We’ll administer a sedative to your pet to keep them calm and comfortable. Next, when you’re ready, we’ll administer the euthanasia. The euthanasia works almost instantly and your pet feels no pain at all. You’re more than welcome to stay with your pet throughout this process, or if you’re more comfortable, you can step outside the room while we administer the euthanasia. Please keep in mind that after your pet has passed on, they may still move or twitch slightly - this is perfectly normal and is a sign of the body fully relaxing.
Afterward, we’ll give you as much time as you need with your pet. If you would like some suggestions for after-care services, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’re happy to help.
While your pet can’t explicitly tell you when they’re ready to go, there are some telling signs to look for. Assessing their quality of life is the best method for determining if they are suffering. Some things to look at to determine quality of life include:
If your answers to these questions were primarily negative, it may be time to consider pet euthanasia. Talk to your veterinarian to determine if there are any other palliative care options to consider before deciding on euthanasia. We’ll help assess your pet’s condition and make suggestions for how to improve their quality of life, if possible.