Scheduling & Phone Consultation
It may be difficult scheduling the house call so it is necessary to have a phone consultation so we can discuss your pets medical condition and concerns you may have. I may be able to assist you with assessing your pets quality of life. The phone consultation will also cover choices for your pets aftercare, pricing, and other specifics. Paperwork can be downloaded directly from the website that should be completed in full prior to my arrival. Payment is requested prior to the procedure.
At the home
When I arrive at the home we will take a few minutes to tidy up any paperwork, and review the procedure and your wishes and receive payment. This allows you to not be bothered about any further details once your pet has passed. I will perform a physical exam to assess your pets condition. Then when you are ready I will give your pet a sedative by injection. The sedative will allow your pet to relax and fall asleep. Once your pet is asleep I will place an IV catheter and administer the final injection. The euthanasia solution works rapidly. I will listen with a stethoscope to confirm your pets passing. Your pet will not close his/hers eyes. After death some pets will lose control of their bowels and some may exhibit muscle twitching, please be assured that our pet has passed and these movements are nothing more than reflexes. You may take some additional time in private to say goodbye.
If you choose a cremation service that I provide I will transport your pet to Fosters. For larger dogs I will use a stretcher. I may need assistance with moving the stretcher from the home. Many times a neighbor can provide assistance. Individual cremations may take up to 14 days for the cremains to be returned to me. I will then call you to schedule a time to return your pets ashes to you.
When is it time to say goodbye?
Putting your pet to sleep maybe one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make regarding your pet. You must determine the quality of your pet's life. Ask yourself, Can my pet still enjoy its favorite things? Is my pet happy? Is my pet in pain? Can my pet ambulate with minimal assistance? Is my pet having frequent or uncontrolled soiling accidents inside? Is my pet having difficulty breathing? Is my pet able to eat, stay hydrated and maintain its weight? Are there more bad days than good days? There are no right or wrong answers. You are the best judge of your pet. Family, friends and your pet's veterinarian all can help you answer some of these questions.