January 26, 2019

4 Reasons In-Home Euthanasia May be the Kindest Option

Making the decision to say goodbye to your pet is never, ever simple.

There are a lot of factors to consider, but in the end, it’s up to you and your vet to decide if and when euthanasia becomes an option. The end of your pet’s life should be as comfortable and happy as the one he lived. Here are four reasons to consider euthanasia inside your own home.

  1. Your Pet Will be Most Comfortable at Home The vet’s office can be anxiety-inducing for some pets. The sights, smells, and sounds of unfamiliar animals are often enough to make your pet nervous; your animal deserves to be calm and relaxed during his final moments. During at-home euthanasia, you can surround your dog or cat with his favorite toys, and even have the procedure carried out in his cozy bed or his favorite sunny spot in the backyard. The saying is true: there really is no place like home.
  2.  You’ll be Most Comfortable at Home One of the primary determinants of whether or not your pet is relaxed during his final moments is your demeanor. At home, you’ll feel most comfortable and you’ll pass that emotion on to your pet. Euthanasia at home allows you and your family the privacy - and time - to say goodbye exactly how you’d like to. There will be tears, of course, but grieving at home in the place your pet loved the most is the best way to move forward.
  3.  At-Home Euthanasia is Professional and Painless Your vet will have plenty of time to spend with you prior to administration of any medications. After a lengthy discussion and a little paperwork, your pet will receive a mild sedative to help him keep calm. With you and his loved ones by your pet’s side, your vet will then administer a completely painless dosage of anesthesia; it will feel much like your pet has simply drifted off into a deep sleep. He’ll experience very minimal pain, and he’ll be surrounded by familiar smells and soothing, loving voices.
  4.  Your Vet Can Provide You With Counsel One of the primary benefits of euthanasia at home is having the complete and total attention of your vet. In your own home, you won’t feel rushed and you can ask any questions you might have about cremation, burial, or even about how to help your other pets adjust to the new normal. In-home vet care is about creating a truly personal veterinarian experience.  

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