In-home euthanasia is a gentle, compassionate, and peaceful way to say goodbye to your companion. Being at home where your pet is most comfortable, and surrounded by family and loved ones allows for a meaningful way to celebrate the life of your pet, and allow you and your family to grieve privately.
The process begins with the administration of a mixture of medications that provide anxiety relief and sedation. This causes them to fall deeply asleep, so they do not experience any anxiety or discomfort. The final injection is an overdose of anesthesia given through a vein into the bloodstream. This is a painless process that causes your pet to relax further, and gently fall asleep.
Aftercare of the body may involve burial at home, group cremation where no ashes are returned, or private cremation where ashes are returned to you.
The following are signs that your pet’s quality of life is diminishing. If your pet’s condition is not medically manageable, you may need to consider humane euthanasia if they are experiencing:
Pain – dogs and cats are very good at hiding their pain, so it is important to watch for subtle changes like difficulty standing, muscle tremors, fast breathing, excessive panting, hunched stance, difficulty resting comfortably, or behavioral changes
Loss of appetite
Loss of bladder and bowel control
Inability to stand or walk
Life-limiting illness such as cancer or organ failure which is unresponsive to treatment, or you are unable to afford to treatment
Loss of enjoyment of their daily life – think of the top 5 things that your pet enjoys doing each day, and the things that distinguish them an individual. It may be going for daily walks, chasing a laser toy or squirrels, playing with a favorite toy, or curling up on your lap. When your pet is unable to do the majority of these things, you may need to carefully consider their quality of life.