In-Home Euthanasia

We understand your pet’s final moments should be at home.

We Understand

We know how difficult it can be to take that “last drive” to the veterinary clinic, which is why we come to you.

During your unhurried, loving “goodbye,” your pet will be in the most comfortable place – your home – surrounded by loved ones. 

We understand how overwhelming this time can be, which is why we care for every detail, no matter how small, so your only focus is being with your pet.

Dog asleep in owner's arms

Goodbye Takes Time

Your final moments should not be rushed, which is why we offer unhurried appointments. 

Because every family’s needs are different, we want to ensure you never feel hurried during this delicate time. 

Senior dog sleeping on the couch

What Can I Expect?

Euthanasia is gentle and peaceful and can take place anywhere your pet feels most comfortable, whether that be a favorite sun-filled chair, your bed, or outside.

We’ll walk you through every step of the process, which begins with a sedation injection. Your pet will gently fall into a deep sleep before the “final” injection is administered.

The only thing that your pet will experience is feeling your love as you sit by their side or cradle them in your arms.

Senior cat laying in a box on the couch

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I feed my pet or give medications before euthanasia?

You can feed your pet or offer favorite treats if he or she is eating.

On rare occasions, nausea can happen following sedation, but this is generally due to either your pet’s underlying disease process or sensitivity to medication, not the fact that you let your pet enjoy a favorite treat or meal.

The only medications we recommend you give your pet on the day of euthanasia are “comfort medications” such as pain or anti-nausea medications, if you are giving them, and they will not interfere with the euthanasia process.

Should children be present for euthanasia?

Children should ideally have the opportunity to say goodbye to their companion. In our experience, children over five years old are amazingly present and engaged, and will often impress with their understanding and acceptance.

Of course, this decision is ultimately the choice of the parent.  

Some parents elect to have children at home but in a different room for the actual passing. This helps ensure they are insulated from the parent’s emotions (which is usually harder for them to deal with than the actual loss of the pet), but still allow them to say their goodbyes after the passing, before the pet leaves the home.

For children younger than five, they seem to be unsure about what’s going on and are, again, more upset by the parent’s emotions than by the loss of the pet.  

Still, we believe open communication about the loss is usually the best policy even for this age.

Upon request, our care coordinators can email you a helpful resource from The Ohio State University that shares how to best help children cope with serious illness or death of a pet.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for euthanasia?

We will care for every possible need so that your only focus is being with your pet.

We provide soft blankets, “potty pads,” and arrange for a paw print to be made by the crematorium. (Due to COVID-19, we can no longer do this in your home at this time.)

We care for all of your pet’s cremation and transportation arrangements, and provide a stretcher that allows for the gentle movement of pets from their home to our vehicle.

We care for notifying your veterinarian(s) so that you do not need to make that difficult call.

What if my pet is leery of strangers or might bite?

We understand that new people can be intimidating and that some pets experience “stranger danger.” 

In the situation where a pet may be extra nervous, or potentially prone to biting, please let our care coordinators know.  

We will work with you to develop a specialized approach, helping to remove any anxiety or fear and in turn making these moments as stress-free as possible for both you and your pet.

Should other pet(s) be present during euthanasia?

In our experience, we find other household pets absolutely need this time to say goodbye, just like any family member.

Most pets seem to understand what is going on, and will sit quietly and attentively, honoring the process much in the same way as you do. If you feel your pet may be disruptive to the process, they can be placed in another room and allowed to say goodbye once their friend has passed. Being able to see and smell their friend allows for closure, which is important in the grieving process. Following the loss of their friend, they may act depressed for a day or so after, but generally return to their normal behaviors and routines following this time.

We offer as much time as needed for all members of the family to say their goodbyes.

Testimonials

Would highly recommend using PetHospice. I had an amazing team to work with and they helped make a tough time, just a little bit less tough.

DanMario's Dad

We have never experienced a process so steeped in kindness, care and time. What you wonderful people do is a gift beyond words; a ceremonial time for life and death in a world that has mostly forgotten how to pause and experience.

GinaMom of Anya

Since all the care is based out of home, Bruce was much more comfortable and relaxed. We were able to put stress to side and get him the best care possible.

KristinMom of Bruce

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