Top 5 Reasons In Home Pet Euthanasia is Better

Have you ever had to say goodbye to a beloved pet in a bright, busy veterinary clinic? Did you know that a veterinarian who specializes in at home pet euthanasia could come to your home to euthanize your dog or cat when it’s time? Keep reading to find out why more and more pet parents are opting for this easier, more private ending.

 At home you can keep your pet as comfortable as possible and start the grieving process on your own terms

At home you can keep your pet as comfortable as possible and start the grieving process on your own terms

1) No Traveling Required
By the end of your pet's life, there are so many reasons it may be hard for your pet to travel to their typical veterinary clinic. Mobility issues and fear are the most common issues our pets face for this final appointment.  Larger pets may have trouble with stairs and getting into cars as they get weaker. Arthritis, pain, and neurologic issues all make it hard to get around comfortably and safely. Fear of the veterinary clinic, slick floors, or a regular carrier may also come in to play. With an in-home euthanasia, your pet can be wherever they are most comfortable right now.

2) As Much Time as You Need
Most in-home pet euthanasias last an hour or more, in contrast to a 15 to 30 minute clinic visit. Veterinary clinics do their very best to allow you time to say a proper goodbye, but clinics are inherently much busier places with more time constraints and rush. At home, we sit on the floor, we cry, we tell stories, we hold and pet your fur babies. If there are special rituals or ceremonies that you would like to do, I am honored to be involved, or to watch on the sidelines for my cue. Every pet is heavily sedated before the euthanasia starts, so that they are able to pass away peacefully in their sleep.  After a pet has passed away, I give you some time alone to say your goodbyes before we transport your pet for aftercare in either a basket or stretcher.

 Many cats HATE traveling in the car and do much better if their veterinarian can come to them

Many cats HATE traveling in the car and do much better if their veterinarian can come to them

3) Easier to Grieve
It's hard to predict how you will feel when it's time to let a pet go.  Some people mourn quietly, some feel better telling stories and smiling at memories, others wail, or need to move around a lot.  In the privacy of your own home, all of these responses are acceptable. Furthermore, there are no on-lookers in your house and everyone present was invited there by you. In the clinic, you'd likely encounter other pet parents, a handful of staff members, and people on the street as you make your way to and from the clinic.

4) Ability to Come and Go
It is normal to have mixed feelings about witnessing your pet's final moments. Some people know they want to be present the entire time, some people know they would rather be in another room, and others are not sure. With an in-home pet euthanasia, each person present can come and go as much as they need to. You can distance yourself within the room or within the entire house/apartment. This is particularly helpful for children and furry housemates, who may want to be nearby and see what’s going on, but not be actively engaged with the activity.  

 Children may want to be present during their pet's euthanasia, or may want to come and go throughout the process. Following their lead is usually the best policy

Children may want to be present during their pet's euthanasia, or may want to come and go throughout the process. Following their lead is usually the best policy

5) You're Already Home
Often the hardest part of a euthanasia is at the end, after your pet has passed away. Their suffering is over, but yours, as surviving family, is still beginning.  If your dog or cat is euthanized in a veterinary office you may need to walk through the lobby, tissue box in hand, and drive or walk home alone. Clinics are becoming more aware of this difficulty, and newer renovations may include a side exit for this purpose. Better yet is to already be at home, surrounded by your family, where you can start the grieving process on your own terms.

There are situations where decisions must be made quickly and immediate euthanasia in the veterinary clinic is the only reasonable option. However, if there is time to plan ahead and make decisions, an in-home pet euthanasia is often a calmer, gentler process for the entire family.

If you would like to know more about Tranquility Veterinary Services, or in-home pet euthanasia in general, give us a call at 202-559-9329