What To Expect

It can feel impossible to know whether or not your pet is ready for euthanasia. If you are having trouble making that determination, our doctor can come and do a consultation. They will review your pet’s medical history, perform an exam and observe your pet in your home, and discuss your concerns.

If, at that time, you and the doctor determine that euthanasia is best, then that can be done during the same appointment. If you or your pet are not ready, then the doctor will help determine a plan to keep your pet comfortable until it is time.

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced us to make a few changes in how we interact with families both before and during appointments.

  • When we are setting the appointment, we will ask a few questions regarding health and exposure risk.

  • The doctor will wear a mask during the appointment.  We ask that you also wear a mask.

  • Payment will be handled virtually - either by phone or by emailed invoice.

  • An electronic consent form will be sent or the doctor may ask you to use your own pen to sign documents.

  • Physical contact with you and your family members will be avoided. Virtual hugs are the safest hugs at the moment!

Our goal is to help make the euthanasia process as peaceful as possible. Appointments typically last 30 to 45 minutes. Please feel free to have your pet wherever they are most comfortable, inside the house or outdoors. The doctor will have a brief discussion about your pet and the process and you will sign a consent form. To make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible, the doctor will administer  medication under the skin to help him or her relax. Once they are relaxed, usually about 5-10 minutes, the final medication will be given in a vein. This is an overdose of anesthesia. It works first on the brain, making sure that your pet doesn’t feel anything. Then quickly breathing and heart slow. Typically a pet passes within 1-2 minutes after giving the medication.

We know that often when you need us, it is urgent. We try our best to accommodate same-day appointments, and almost always can help within 24 hours. The only day that we do not see appointments is Sunday, but we are still available by phone.

Afterward, our doctor can assist with arranging and transporting for cremation. We work closely with Paws, Whiskers, and Wags in Decatur. There are two choices for cremation. Private cremation means that your pet will be cremated completely by themselves and their ashes will be placed in a wooden urn to be returned to you. You may pick your pet’s ashes up at the crematory or they will drive them to your family vet’s office. If you prefer to not have your pet’s ashes returned, then your pet can be communally cremated and the ashes will be returned respectfully to the earth.

In order to make sure that you and your pet have the best experience possible, our doctor is dedicated solely to you during your appointment time. We base our fees on how big your pet is and how far the doctor needs to travel in order to reach your home. You can see our interactive map to help determine any drive fee that may be necessary.

Don't worry if you're still unsure.  Call us, or fill out the request form, to share information about your situation easily. We are happy to talk, before you decide.