FAQ’s

What can I expect from the appointment?

For Dogs:

The appointment usually lasts about 30 minutes. We give a sedative first that is given just under the skin, like a vaccine. It usually takes about 10-15 minutes. Once your dog is relaxed and sleepy we can do the euthanasia which is an injection into the vein. This works very quickly and your pet will pass by the time the injection is given or within a couple of minutes after. Your dog may defecate or urinate afterward, so I always recommend having a towel or blanket down. We can do the euthanasia anywhere in the house or outside. Wherever is most comfortable for you or your pet.

For Cats:

The appointment usually lasts about 30 minutes. We give a full anesthetic first for cats. It’s a shot that is given just under the skin, like a vaccine. It usually takes about 5-10 minutes and your cat will drift to sleep. We do this so that your cat will not feel anything as we try to get a vein. It can sometimes be difficult getting a vein in an older, ill cat. The euthanasia works very quickly and your pet will pass by the time the injection is given or within a couple of minutes after. Your cat may defecate or urinate afterward, so I always recommend having a towel or blanket down. We can do the euthanasia anywhere in the house or outside. Wherever is most comfortable for you or your pet.

Is it painful?

No. A sedative/anesthetic is used before hand. The euthanasia solution does not sting when given inside the bloodstream. It works immediately to put the brain to sleep so there is no pain or anxiety. It’s like going under anesthesia before surgery.

Do you place a catheter?

No. Part of my vision for home euthanasia was to avoid the medical feel at a clinic. I think catheters are uncomfortable to the patient and patients have to be restrained while one is placed. If it is going to be difficult to do a direct stick, it will be that much more difficult to place a catheter. The short answer, it’s more comfortable for the pet not to.

What is the difference between Individual and Private Cremation?

See cremation services.

How do I get the ashes back?

The cremation company we use will give you a call in about a week to ten days after the appointment. You can pick up ashes at one of their locations or have the ashes mailed to you.

What type of urn do the ashes come back in?

The ashes will come back in a white, plastic, urn box. The ashes are sealed in a plastic bag inside the urn which makes them easy to transport to another urn, if you desire.

What kind of payment is accepted?

Cash or check at the time of the appointment. All credit cards before the appointment through the website.

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