Before our scheduled time, please find a comfortable spot for you and your pet. It is possible that your pet will soil the area during the euthanasia process, so old sheets and/or blankets work well. It is best to separate other animals from the designated area during the procedure, but they are welcome to be present following the euthanasia.
When I arrive, I will answer any questions or concerns that you may have about your pet and/or the sedation and euthanasia process.
We will discuss aftercare options including types of cremation and home burial.
There will be some brief paperwork for you to complete (please see link below if you choose to complete in advance). This gives consent for me to perform the euthanasia. You must also confirm that your pet hasn't bitten a person or another animal in the last 14 days, as required by state law.
I will give an initial sedative injection in the muscle or under the skin to completely relax your pet and put them into a deep sleep. Once the sedative takes effect (15 to 20 minutes), they will be completely unaware of what is happening. This injection may sting, but most animals don't seem to be adversely affected.
After the sedation, a second injection will be given in the vein which will stop the heart and breathing. This injection is very fast acting, usually seconds to less than a minute. It may be necessary to clip the hair over the vein to make it more visible.
The entire process typically takes 45 minutes or less, but each situation is unique and can vary slightly.