Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is already one of the most difficult things to endure. Many pets are fearful or stressed out by car rides or the atmosphere of a veterinary clinic. so many pet owners decide to say goodbye to their pet in the comfortable, controlled environment of their own home. In addition to in-home euthanasia, I can also perform the procedure in your yard or in your pet's favorite place. Having lost several pets of my own over the years, I know just how hard of an experience it can be, and so it is my primary goal during every euthanasia visit to make such a difficult time as peaceful as possible for both the owners and their pets. Here is what you can expect from such a visit.
I begin by sitting down with you to get some basic information for a medical record. This usually takes around 5 minutes, then we take care of payment. Next I will give your pet a sedative under the skin behind the neck (the same place where vaccines are given). This takes anywhere from 5-15 minutes to take full effect, and will put your pet into a very deep state of anesthesia. At this point, they will be completely unconscious, unaware of anything happening around them and incapable of feeling any pain or sensation. Immediately after I give the sedative, I will give you this time alone with your pet, and come back in every few minutes to check on them.
Once they are fully sedated, then I will proceed with the euthanasia injection. This is done differently in different pets depending on size and other factors. You can choose to be present or to step out of the room if you prefer. I'm also able to take the sedated pet out to my vehicle and perform the procedure there if preferred. I will accommodate myself to your preferences.
Once the euthanasia has been done, you can spend more time with your pet if you wish. Once you're ready, I will take them away for cremation unless you've made your own arrangements. If I'm taking them, I will wrap them in some plastic and cover them with a blanket (both of which I provide), then I will carry them out to my vehicle on a stretcher. I can carry any pet up to about 100 lbs by myself, but will need assistance for pets larger than this. The crematorium will pick up the pet from my office, and if you have opted for a private cremation and/or a paw print, they will contact you once the cremation is done and those are ready to be picked up.
The following prices include all charges, including the housecall fee, but there may be an additional charge of $7 per mile over 10 miles if I need to travel more than 10 miles to and from your house. I can provide you with an estimate of any additional mileage charge prior to the visit, if you wish. Please note that ashes are returned with a private cremation only. You are also welcome to make your own arrangements for burial or cremation, if you prefer.
Cat/Dog <30 lbs: $209
Dog 30-90 lbs: $239
Dog >90 lbs: $269
Small mammal (not dog/cat): $134
Communal Cremation (<30 lbs): $99
Communal Cremation (30 -90 lbs): $159
Communal Cremation (>90 lbs): $219
Private Cremation (<30 lbs): $199
Private Cremation (30-90 lbs): $259
Private Cremation (>90 lbs): $319
Terracotta Paw Imprint: $37 (available with cremation only)