In Home Euthanasia
I use my intuition and many years of experience, as well as internationally recognized protocols, to provide the most peaceful and dignified passage for your beloved pet. Here I will try to outline the process from start to finish. Please feel free to call, text, or email with further questions.
- Initial contact. You can reach me via phone, text, or email. Please let me know the approximate age and weight of your pet, what city you live in, your preferred days/times for the appointment, and how you would like to handle aftercare for your pet. Some owners like to bury their pets at home (difficult during the winter, and illegal within city limits). Many have me arrange for cremation, which can either be general, or private.
- If I can accommodate your request, I will ask you to fill out the New Patient Form.
Pricing: Home euthanasia is $275 for most pets. There will be a $50 convenience charge for
evening, weekend, or holiday requests.
- 0-35#: $100
- 36-75#: $125
- 76-100#: $150
- 101-150#: $200
Private cremation, with ashes returned and optional paw print impression in clay, delivered to your home:
- 0-35#: $200
- 36-75#: $225
- 76-100#: $250
- 101-150#: $300
- Day of: I will arrive at your home at the specified time. We will go over the procedure and answer any questions that you have. We will get your pet settled into an area where they feel comfortable and safe. Should your pet have anxiety or fear when introduced to new people, please let me know ahead of time, so that we can make special accommodations. If your pet still has a good appetite, it’s helpful to have some of their favorite treats on hand. Once everyone is ready, I will give your pet a sedative injection. This injection goes under the skin (just like a vaccine) and has 3 different medications to alleviate fear, pain, and anxiety. It will also make your pet extremely relaxed. These drugs typically take 10 minutes to achieve full effect. Once we have attained good relaxation, I will access a vein (typically in a back leg) in order to administer the euthanasia solution. This part of the procedure works quickly; typically taking less than 2 minutes.
- After care: I will thoroughly and repeatedly check to make sure that your pet has completely passed. Should you choose a cremation service, I will gently transport your pet and arrange for cremation. Clients choosing a private cremation can expect to receive ashes and/or pawprint delivery within 1-3 weeks. If you live on the outskirts of or outside of my service area, I may request for you to pick up ashes from my home. I use Midwest Cremation, one of the oldest and most respected animal crematoriums in our area. The standard urn is a handsome cherrywood box, but they have many other urns available on their website for an upcharge. You can visit their website to see these options.
- My availability: I love my job, and it is an honor to be able to provide an important service. If I can help you, I will. However, I am a mom, wife, friend, and solo practitioner. I have obligations to my family and cannot be available 24 hours per day, but I can generally make something work within 24-48 hours of your request.
- Presence of children and/or other pets: I typically recommend allowing children to be present if they want to be. Many kids are naturally curious and have lots of questions, which I am happy to answer. Some children don’t want to be present, and that’s ok too. I’m a firm believer that children deserve the truth regarding the passage of their pet. You may or may not want your other pets to be present for the euthanasia. I don’t mind having them there as long as they aren’t disruptive to the peaceful process.
- Special requests: Please let me know if you would like me to do a reading (religious or not), play music, or give you time alone with your pet after the euthanasia. It’s helpful to mention these things ahead of time because you will be distracted when I arrive. I’ll do my best to make this the experience you want it to be.