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What to Expect

The entire process is very peaceful. Your pet will fall asleep and then pass in their sleep in the comfort of their own home surrounded by loved ones.

Scheduling
Sometimes it is difficult to decide when is the right time to schedule the house call. Therefore we can take it on a day by day basis. I do my best to be available on short notice when you decide it is time. My schedule varies as a relief vet, so please call me to check my availability.  If you would like to discuss your pet’s condition you may call for a free phone consultation. I may be able to help you decide when is the right time or help give advise to help keep your pet more comfortable.

At the Home
When I arrive at the home there will be a short permission form to be signed. This includes selection of care of remains: group cremation, individual cremation, urn selection or if you chose to make your own arrangements.

We can choose a place in your home where you and your pet is most comfortable. Your pet can be in their own bed, in your lap or outside under their favorite tree.

When you are ready I will first give a sedative by injection. This injection is similar to getting a vaccine and most pets do not even notice it. The sedative takes approximately five to ten minutes to take effect. At this point your pet will be completely relaxed without pain or anxiety. When you and your pet are ready, I will shave a small amount of hair and place a tourniquet on one of the legs. The final injection is then given in the vein. This second injection takes only a minute or two. I will then listen with a stethoscope and confirm your pet’s passing. I will then offer you additional time in private to say good bye.

If you prefer not to be involved that is ok. I require no assistance if you choose not to remain in the room. Some people prefer to say goodbye after the sedative and then leave the room.

Aftercare
If you choose cremation I will then take your pet when you are ready. For larger dogs I will use a stretcher. I work with Pet Heaven for all cremations. Individual cremations take between one and two weeks for the cremains to be returned to me.  My assistant or I will then call you and schedule a time to personally return your pet’s ashes to your home.



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