In-Home Pet Euthanasia Near Me

Making the decision to euthanize or relieve a beloved pet of their suffering is one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner will have to make. Euthanasia literally means ‘Good Death’ and we believe that this process should be as peaceful, dignified and as pain-free as possible. It is considered a Final Gift that we can give to our beloved friend.

Navigating the pet euthanasia process

What is Pet Euthanasia?

Pet euthanasia is a procedure to facilitate the painless passing of an animal in order to end suffering. It is an incredibly difficult choice for a pet parent to make, but when advanced age, terminal illness, or traumatic injury destroy the quality of a treasured pet’s life, euthanasia can be an act of sacrificial kindness. Many see it as the final gift that a pet parent can offer: an end to their beloved companion’s suffering.

What happens during the actual in-home pet euthanasia procedure?

For many years, the common term for euthanasia was “put to sleep.” While euthanasia is the correct clinical term, (and literally means “good death”) “putting my pet to sleep” is an apt description of what actually happens. Your veterinarian will perform the same procedure as your dog or cat would receive at a veterinary hospital or clinic, except in the comfort of your home.

  • The veterinarian makes sure that your pet is calm and relaxed by administering a sedative. The shot will feel similar to receiving a vaccine.
  • Within 5 to 15 minutes the sedative will be in full effect and your pet will be in a deep sleep, and released from all suffering.
  • The veterinarian will do a quick assessment to make sure your pet is fully sedated.
  • The actual euthanasia occurs after sedation, when the veterinarian will give a shot of anesthesia that will quickly slow down your pet’s respiratory system until it stops, and the heart ceases beating. In most cases it takes less than a minute for this to occur.
Death, whether natural or assisted, may result in the following signs:
  • Sometimes twitching of the legs or ears may occur as if dreaming.
  • Some medications may cause your pet to be nauseated which may result in vomiting.
  • Deep reflexive breathing or gasping may occasionally occur (depending on your pet’s condition), as your pet proceeds through the process of transitioning.
  • Your pet is unconscious and no longer in pain and not aware of its body’s movements.
  • As the body relaxes, the muscles relax too. This includes those in the bladder and bowels which can lead to urination and/or defecation.
  • Another effect of a completely relaxed body is the loss of muscle tone in the eyelids which results in the pet’s eyes remaining partially open.

What should I expect if I schedule an appointment?

  • Your veterinarian will arrive wearing regular clothes, since we believe that the sterile look and feel of scrubs is not necessary or helpful for in-home euthanasia. They will have a stethoscope and other “tools of the trade.”
  • Your veterinarian will spend about 15 - 45 minutes in your home according to your needs and preferences. Our goal is to provide the compassion, patience, and understanding needed to make your final moments with your pet as peaceful as possible for you both. The actual procedure is usually done within 15 minutes, giving you a window of time to be with your pet before and after if you wish. If you feel it’s best to have the procedure done without much by way of preliminaries, just let your veterinarian know. They will not rush you, but will respect your wishes if you prefer to keep the time as brief as possible.
  • You’ll show your veterinarian what area in your home you’ve chosen for the pet euthanasia procedure. If you prefer not to be present, that is also an option.
  • Before the procedure, you might want to have some of your pet’s very favorite treats on hand for them to enjoy. ‍
  • Your veterinarian will explain as much or as little of what they are about to do depending on how much information you are comfortable with knowing. Feel free to ask questions along the way.
  • You might want to welcome other family members—human and four legged— to gather close to your pet. As long as your veterinarian has the space needed, and all present can remain reasonably calm before and during the process, having them present can be a good way to provide closure. ‍
  • When you are ready, your veterinarian will begin the actual procedure.
  • After the procedure, your veterinarian will ask if you need more time before the visit is concluded. When you are ready, they will confirm whether you plan to handle the aftercare of your pet's body, or whether you prefer that they arrange for cremation.
  • If you choose to entrust your pet's body to our care, your veterinarian will handle them with great gentleness, respect, and dignity.

What happens afterwards?

After the euthanasia, you may take as much time as you need with your pet after they have passed. You'll have the opportunity to be with your dog or cat throughout this entire process to help him or her to be calm and comforted. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you and your pet through this very difficult time. We will then take care of all aftercare arrangements for you per your request such as cremation services. This allows you to focus on taking care of yourself and your loved ones after you say goodbye. Your pet's remains will then be handled in accordance with your request. If at any point throughout the procedure you would like additional time or have any special requests we will do our best to help and give you the time you need. Our goal is to help your pet’s passing be as dignified and peaceful as possible.

What will happen to my pet’s body?

Most people find it’s best to consider how they will want this handled before the day of their pet’s euthanasia. Decision-making on the day your pet has been put to sleep can be rough. CodaPet offers you several after care options, listed here. You are free to change your mind the day of the procedure, but it can alleviate stress to think about what you want beforehand.

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

We are flexible and supportive of your desires. We are flexible about the location of your pet’s transition. Is your dog most comfortable in the backyard? That’s OK. We will help your pet wherever he or she is the most comfortable. Do you wish to have a special ceremony or say a special prayer? We support your desire to have end-of-life rituals and ceremonies. Furthermore, we support your wish to enhance your pet’s experience by creating a calm, relaxing environment through the use of candles, soft blankets and music.

  1. If your pet is still eating, save some of his/her favorite treats for hand feeding during the sedation. You can give small pieces of chocolate, tuna or any of his/her favorite treats. There are no restrictions.
  2. Consider lighting candles, soft music or having a prayer or poem to read.
  3. Any special location can be chosen as long as it's accessible for the veterinarian and is comfortable for you and your pet including the couch, grassy area in the yard or a meaningful spot in the house.
  4. Will your friends or family want to be present? Either physically or via skype/facetime?
  5. Will you want a paw print, imprint or clip of fur as a memorial?
  6. Would you like a special item such as a drawing, letter, flowers or blanket sent with the pet if you wish to have cremation services performed?
  7. Consider whether you would like transportation services for burial at the pet cemetery, or at home? Or whether you would prefer cremation services with return of cremains in special urn?

Facing your pet’s passing

We understand that considering pet euthanasia is not a fun undertaking but the fact that you have chosen to educate yourself about this difficult topic shows just how deeply you care about your pet. Much respect to pet parents like you who are ready to consider difficult decisions that your dog or cat might need from you, be it sooner or later. If you think it might be sooner and are wondering how to know when the time is right, read more here.

Remember that in addition to caring for your pet, (and who knows how many friends and family members, human or four-legged), self-care is very important for you. It’s hard to take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself, and part of taking care of yourself involves that grief does not begin when the loss of a loved one is final. It begins when loss looms large on the horizon and you find that things you used to do together are no longer possible. The thing about grief is, we need to do it, not only to honor those we’ve lost, but to find healing in their absence. Read more about grief.

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pearl l

Apr 12, 2024

I was in that horrible position of determining if it was time to euthanize one of my heart dogs that was 17 years old. I made an online appointment choosing Dr. Clem based on her profile. I was so blessed by choosing her. She was calm, quiet and communicated easily. There were 5 other dogs, my mother and my spouse present and she handled this with grace and compassion. I can not explain in words how phenomenal Dr. Clem was and when I was ready she sedated my baby Jr Onion and as I held him in my arms and whispered in his ear how much I loved him, she gave the euthanasia solution. It was a peaceful passing and I will never forget her compassion. Thank you Dr Clem.

Kerri B.

Apr 11, 2024

This was one of the hardest things we have had to face. But Dr. Hemmer was absolutely a god-send for this experience. She was kind and caring and lead us through everything with empathy. We were so sad and heart-broken but each step was explained and she gave us our time and don’t rush anything. We feel so fortunate to have had Dr. Hemmer with us through this. I would highly recommend these services for anyone facing this hard decision.

Beth Welke

Apr 11, 2024

This is our second time using Coda Pet. When the difficult decision was made that our senior dog needed to be put down to rest we turned to Dr. Gary once again. He is the most gentle, kind and compassionate veterinarian. Our children were present and allowed to snuggle, comfort and say their goodbyes to our fur baby. We truly could ask for a better experience

Lori S

Apr 11, 2024

Christina made the experience of transitioning our little maltipoo Joey over the rainbow bridge as easy as possible. We cannot thank her enough for her compassion and expertise. It was the most peaceful passing for him and we would recommend her services anytime.

Elle E

Apr 11, 2024

Dr Whala was amazing. She is very compassionate, took her time with us. It was super hard to say goodbye but it was very peaceful for our sweet baby AngelButtercup. I would highly recommend her services. Thank you Dr. Whala who fit us in to her schedule and gave much comfort. We got her ashes back much quicker through this service which is much appreciated.

Terri C

Apr 11, 2024

Dr Gersten was very kind and compassionate during such an emotional time. We can honestly say that going through this at home with our beloved Finnegan, comfy in his bed, outside in the warm sun and surrounded by his family was the gentlest way to do this difficult process. Thank you Dr. Gersten.

Erin C

Apr 10, 2024

It was the most loving and peaceful way to allow beloved pet to pass. We appreciate the kindness and care our vet shared with us as we were going through the whole process.

Misty C

Apr 9, 2024

She was very calming and soothing. She did everything very slowly which was great for our dog. She explained as she went along which was great for us

Shelley S

Apr 9, 2024

Today Dr Whala brought our sweet Zeke's ashes home She is the kindest most caring woman I have ever met. She really did make a very difficult time much easier for both me and my husband. I am forever grateful 💗

Kristen B.

Apr 7, 2024

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