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In-Home Dog Euthanasia Near Me

Choosing to euthanize your dog is a challenging and emotional decision for any dog owner. If your dog is suffering, in-home dog euthanasia can be a “Final Gift” to your beloved companion, one that is a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free passing.

Learn more about the dog euthanasia process

What is dog euthanasia?

Dog euthanasia is a service provided by a veterinarian that ends the dog's suffering by allowing them to pass peacefully. While an incredibly difficult choice for dog owners, it can be a way to show compassion and relieve a dog’s pain and suffering. Euthanasia is often seen as the final act of love and kindness a dog parent can offer their beloved companion, bringing an end to their pain, suffering and anxiety.

How will I know it's time?

Saying goodbye to your beloved dog is never easy, and it can be one of the toughest decisions you have to make. As your furry companion ages, or when they face an unexpected injury or terminal illness, they rely on you to spare them from needless suffering. Deciding when it's time to say goodbye can be an emotionally challenging task - one that nobody wants to do too early or too late. This can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of the right time to let go. Read more about how to know when it's time here.

What is the procedure for at-home dog euthanasia?

For many years, the common term for euthanasia was “put to sleep.” Euthanasia literally means “good death”; “putting my pet to sleep” is an appropriate description of what actually happens. An in-home pet euthanasia veterinarian will perform the same procedure as your dog would receive at a pet hospital or veterinary clinic, except in the comfort of your home.

  • By giving your dog a sedative, the veterinarian ensures that your dog is calm and serene. The sedative is most often given as an injection and will feel like receiving a vaccine or shot.
  • It will take a few minutes for the sedative to take effect and your beloved dog will be in a deep sleep. At this time, they will no longer feel any pain or anxiety.
  • Your veterinarian will do a quick check to make sure your dog is properly anesthetized and ready to proceed.
  • The actual euthanasia procedure occurs after sedation. Your veterinarian will administer a large dose of an anesthetic agent that quickly slows down your dog’s respiratory system until it stops. Then, your dog’s heart will cease beating within a few minutes.
Death, whether natural or assisted, may result in the following signs:
  • Sometimes small muscle spasms may occur. These are often most noticeable in the face or limbs and represent normal chemical reactions occurring on a cellular level. These are not conscious attempts of the pet to move.
  • Regurgitation, urination and defecation are all possible at the end of life, as the dog’s muscles relax. Additionally, the dog’s eyes will remain partially open, due to relaxation of the muscles responsible for closing the eyes.
  • Deep breathing or gasping may occasionally occur depending on your dog’s condition. Such irregularities in breathing are reflexes, when they occur the dog is peacefully unaware that their body is making these movements.

What should I expect if I schedule an appointment?

  • In-home dog euthanasia is designed to be more relaxing than euthanasia in a hospital setting. Your veterinarian will arrive in regular clothes carrying a bag with the necessary tools, such as medications and a stethoscope. Most dogs receive the veterinarian as any other welcomed guest.
  • Your veterinarian will be with you for up to an hour but typically appointments range from 15 to 45 minutes. The aim of euthanasia at home is to provide a peaceful and calm environment for you and your dog during this tough time. The procedure itself typically only takes around 15 minutes. You and your family will have the opportunity to spend time with your dog before and after if you so choose. Just let your veterinarian know if you prefer a quicker process; they will respect your wishes while being patient and understanding.
  • You can guide your veterinarian to the location in your home that is most comfortable for you and your beloved dog. Often, that location is a family room or bedroom where your dog spends a majority of their time. If you prefer, you may not be present for the process as your comfort and needs are of utmost importance, and your veterinarian will be respectful of your decision.
  • Being at home, you can give your dog comfort via their favorite blanket and toys. You may also provide them favorite or even forbidden treats.
  • Your veterinarian will share as much or as little technical information about the process with you as you feel curious to know. They are available to answer any questions you may have and understand that this is a very difficult and emotional time.
  • It may bring comfort to have other family members, both people and animals, close by during this difficult time. Your veterinarian will make sure you have enough space and will ensure a peaceful atmosphere so that you and your loved ones can provide a final goodbye to your beloved companion.
  • When you are ready, your veterinarian will begin the actual procedure.
  • Following the dog euthanasia procedure in your home, your veterinarian will check in to see if you require additional time with your beloved dog before they leave. When you are ready, they will ask about your plans for aftercare, whether you would like to personally tend to your dog's body or if you would prefer for your veterinarian to arrange for cremation services.
  • If you decide to have your veterinarian take care of your dog's body after the procedure, your veterinarian will treat them with utmost care, reverence, and honor.

What happens afterwards?

You have the option to spend as much time as you need with your beloved dog after it transitions into final peace.

Our compassionate network of veterinarians is dedicated to making this experience as gentle and comforting as possible for both you and your dog. Should you decide to entrust your dog’s aftercare and cremation to us, we will handle all arrangements with the utmost respect and dignity for your beloved dog.

What will happen to my dog's body?

The day of their euthanasia can be emotionally overwhelming so feel free to plan ahead for aftercare of your beloved dog. CodaPet provides various options for you to choose from, which can be found here. It may be helpful to make a decision beforehand, but take comfort knowing you can adjust your plans on the appointment day if needed. Our aim is to make this difficult time as stress-free as possible for you and your dog.

What can I do ahead of time to prepare for the Euthanasia?

Our network of veterinarians are dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care for your dog during their end-of-life journey. They understand that saying goodbye is never easy and strive to cater to your individual preferences.

Whether your dog feels most at ease in the backyard or on the living room couch, we will be there to help them transition peacefully.

Our veterinarians are open to end-of-life rituals such as playing soft music, dimming or softening the lights, or other outward expressions of respect and honor.

You are welcome to involve friends and family, whether in person or via video call. This experience can also involve lasting memories with your dog through memorial items such as paw prints, locks of fur, or digital art from previous photos.

Additionally, our network of veterinarians offer transportation and aftercare options, including burial or cremation services, to help you honor your dog's memory in the way that is best for you.

Facing your dog’s passing

As a dog owner, it takes a lot of courage and compassion to even consider euthanasia. If you're unsure if the time is right, we encourage you to learn more about the signs. We recognize the depth of your love for your dog, and the willingness to make difficult decisions for their well-being.

It is very important to take care of yourself and family members after the euthanasia procedure. Grief begins when the loss of a loved one is imminent and the memories and activities you shared can no longer be experienced. Although it can be a painful time, grieving is a crucial step in honoring your dog's memory and self-healing. Read more about grieving for your dog.

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As my family liked to describe Dr. Laurie & her assistant, they were like angels. The way they both made my family feel comfortable & prepare for our handsome Limbo to go to Dog heaven, made this experience worth it. My family appreciate her so much for being patience w/ us & showing so much care & love within the process. We’re thankful that you were able to be available even at night time, which made it possible for more of my family to be available to come through. Thank you again Dr. Laurie! Especially for everything you’ve done for our dear Limbo!


FT

Mar 1, 2024

It took me some time to write this review, but I am immensely relieved to have found Dr. Lutri to assist with the passing of my beloved Frosty. Initially filled with fear and uncertainty, I made a same-morning appointment for 1 pm. Dr. Lutri promptly confirmed the appointment and expressed genuine concern for Frosty's well-being. Upon learning of Frosty's pain, she expedited her arrival. I'm profoundly grateful that she arrived earlier than expected, as my Frosty was suffering. Frosty was loved by so many and so I am beyond thankful to have found this at home service. Despite the sadness of the moment, it was touching to have everyone who loved my dog present to bid farewell. Dr. Lutri displayed exceptional kindness, gentleness, and patience throughout the entire process. She patiently answered our questions, explaining each step with compassion. We were all deeply appreciative to have such a caring individual attend to Frosty. I have immense respect and gratitude for Dr. Lutri. Additionally, receiving a personalized card from her was incredibly thoughtful; it moved me to tears. Thank you, Dr. Lutri, for your compassion and care during this difficult time.


Mirelda N

Feb 29, 2024

Our experience with Dr. Ross was nothing less than exceptional. This was 100% the best choice we could have made for our family and the passing of our special boy.


Effie L.

Feb 29, 2024

Our Vet was very detail-oriented and compassionate. Not only, did she do everything in her power to help my dog,she also consulted outside sources. She is a true gem.


FK

Feb 29, 2024

It is always a very hard decision to help a good doggo over the bridge, but it was the right one, and Dr. Stukey is very compassionate and kind, which made the process much easier to handle. I highly recommend her.


Rob C

Feb 28, 2024

My furry companion of over sixteen and a half years crossed over the rainbow February 10th and although I knew it was coming, I didn't expect it that day. Dr. Brittany was so absolutely amazing. She was compassionate, patient, and so understanding. She explained every step of the process in advance and allowed me all of the time I needed with Yoshi to say my goodbye. I can't imagine going through this already difficult process with anyone else!


May M

Feb 26, 2024

Dr. Gary has helped me with 2 old dogs. Both times he impressed me with his calm, confident demeanor and genuine kindness. I highly recommend Dr. Gary.


Angus W

Feb 24, 2024

As hard as a process of choosing when is the right time to put your pet to sleep is, I can say our vet and coda pet made that process much easier. Our beloved dog was able to remain in the comfort of her own home without stress and anxiety. It was a peaceful process for her and the care and consideration the vet had for my feelings and time were greatly appreciated. I received her ashes back much quicker than expected and the package was just what I hope for. Thank you for everything.


Melissa M

Feb 23, 2024

Phenomenal experience in an exceptionally hard time. Dr P was so very compassionate and caring. We could not have asked for a better experience to say goodbye to our precious kitty of 16 yrs. We’ve had to say goodbye to pets before, but having such a warm and loving person help you thru the process at home is the best possible way. Highly recommend Dr P.


Jeffrey R

Feb 23, 2024

Dr. Stukey had a kind, thoughtful, and compassionate presence. She sat with us and made sure we had all the time we needed to say goodbye to our friend. Allowing our pet to pass at home was a huge comfort to us and I’m sure to her too. Can’t say enough about how highly I’d recommend Dr. Stukey to anyone in a similar situation.


Linsey G.

Feb 23, 2024

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