It's so desperately difficult to deal with our pet's end of life decisions. When bad days outnumber good days, when your pet is in pain and not finding joy in their life anymore, you may decide it's time to relieve your pet's suffering with humane euthanasia. Once the decision has been made to humanely euthanize, you will have several things to consider.
Do you want to be present with your pet during the procedure? Most pet owners do elect to be present to comfort their pet in his final moments. However, many pet parents find this too difficult and ask that the veterinary staff stand in for them. Either way, we will do everything in our power to ensure a private, calm, and peaceful environment for you and your pet during this process.
Would you like your pet's ashes returned to you? Many owners do find closure in scattering their pet's ashes, or you may choose an urn or statuette to commemorate your pet. Or if this is too painful, you can choose to have the ashes scattered for you. We work closely with Cal Pet Crematory to ensure if you choose this option your pet's remains are handled with care and are privately cremated.
What to Expect
To begin the procedure, the doctor will fully examine your pet and discuss quality of life to make sure this is the right time and decision for your family. Then your pet will be taken into the back to the treatment area and a catheter will be placed in his arm. You will be asked to sign an authorization at this time, and likely asked about your wishes for aftercare. He will then be returned to you. You can take as much time as you need saying goodbye.
When you're ready the doctor will administer an injection. This injection is a fast acting barbiturate that will first sedate your pet into a gentle sleep. Then, when the entire dose is given, it will stop the heart. The doctor will listen to your pet's heartbeat and let you know when he has passed. You can then spend as long as you want or need with your pet. When you're ready, you will leave your pet in our care.
For more information on quality of life, euthanasia, pet loss, and grieving we recommend visiting the Argus Institute's website. They have extensive information on this topic presented with care and compassion.