What to Expect
The benefit of saying goodbye to your pet at home is that it is a familiar and comfortable environment for the animal, free from the noise and stress of the veterinarian’s office. It also affords the family more privacy during and after the appointment. Here’s what happens during euthanasia when you say goodbye with HomeHeart.
What Happens During Euthanasia
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. During your appointment, we treat your pet with the utmost care and compassion, ensuring that they have a pain-free end-of-life experience.
The euthanasia appointment consists of three parts:
Frequently Asked Questions
In most cases, no. However, what happens during euthanasia can depend on the individual pet. We tailor our protocol for each unique case to make the appointment as smooth as possible. Some pets who have multiple diseases and organs failing may have a mild nausea reaction to the sedation.
There are a few natural changes that may occur in the body as your pet passes. Their eyes may not fully close, they may take faster deeper breaths, there may be small twitches of the face and legs. The tail may move slightly as it relaxes and urine or feces may release (we place a pad underneath your pet before the injection to keep them clean). There is normally no sound or vocalization that happens during euthanasia.
Our veterinarian will gently remove your pet from your home and transport them to our pet morgue until they are ready for cremation. 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.
It usually takes 10-14 days from the date of your appointment for your pet’s 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.