What to Expect

Our team understands that the process of pet euthanasia may be unfamiliar to many pet owners. If you would like to understand more about what is involved, or how in-home pet euthanasia differs from that at a pet hospital, please read through some of the frequently asked questions below.

If you still have questions after reading, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to speak with you and answer your questions at no obligation to you. You can send us an email, or call us at 201-243-3222 anytime between 9am and 7pm.

Our most commonly asked question is “how do I know when it is time?” If you are struggling with this decision, please read through our information here, and then call to speak with one of our veterinarians. They can help guide you through this difficult time.

What is the process?

Our veterinarian will arrive at your home and gently explain the process of the euthanasia to you and your family so you can be prepared. The first step is to give your pet a sedative injection to allow them to feel relief from any pain and relax into a steady slumber. The vet will ensure your pet is adequately relaxed and then administer a second injection to allow him or her to pass peacefully.

How are the injections administered?

The first sedative injection is given with a very small needle under the skin, often at the back of the neck/shoulder region. This can take about 5-10 minutes to take effect. The last injection is often given through a vein on the leg and takes 1-3 minutes for your pet to pass.

Your veterinarian will explain the process to you, and what is happening at every stage.

Will my pet feel anything?

We are used to working with pets that have multiple diseases and organs failing and this can affect the reaction to the sedation. We tailor our protocol for each individual to make this as smooth as possible. However, due to the nature of these elderly or sick bodies, there may be a reaction to the sedation such as a little nausea.

Will my pet move or vocalize during the procedure?

The medications we use help to make the process as stress-free as possible for you and your pet. There are natural changes that occur in the body as your pet passes. Their eyes may not fully close, they may take faster deeper breaths, there may be twitches of the face and legs. The tail may move slightly as it relaxes and urine or feces may release. There is normally no sound or vocalization at all.

What happens after my pet has passed?

After your pet has passed away there may be some relaxation of the bladder and bottom so we place a wee wee pad to keep your pet clean.

We will take your pet with us and prepare the aftercare option that you selected. Our veterinarians uphold the strongest sense of love and respect for every patient, so rest assured your pet will be gathered into our loving and caring arms.

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Where do you take my pet?

Our vets will take your pet to our pet morgue until they are ready for the cremation process. Dignity and respect are the core of our company’s principles. Rest assured that every step of the way your pet will be handled in a loving manner.

How long until we get the ashes back?

It usually takes 10-14 days from the date of your appointment for the ashes to be returned to you. Longer times can occur, especially around holidays. You are welcome to call us for an update at any point while you are waiting for your loved one’s ashes to be returned to you.

What memorialization options do you offer?

Memorialization options include a range of paw prints, headstones, and cremation viewing. We are happy to discuss this with you.

Please see our Aftercare page under our list of services for more information.

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