None of us like to think about losing an animal family member. But when your companion is nearing the end of his or her life, it’s important to make the death as comfortable and peaceful as possible. In an ideal world, all pets would just pass away painlessly in their sleep. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Euthanasia is a service we can provide for terminally ill animals or those whose pain cannot be well controlled. It is a means by which we can relieve suffering and give them a painless, peaceful death.
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery offers in-home euthanasia for our patients because we feel that it provides a familiar, comfortable place to say goodbye. Pets and owners may become stressed even when going to routine veterinary appointments. Bringing your cherished companion to the clinic for that final visit can be extremely stressful. Also, ailing pets often have mobility issues, making it difficult to transport them. We are honored to offer a service to relieve some of the anxiety surrounding the passing of a beloved pet to our established clientele.
When we arrive at your home, we will answer any questions you might have, and discuss where you would like to have the euthanasia performed. This might be in front of the fireplace, or a sunny spot in the yard. You have the option to choose wherever you and your pet would be most comfortable.
We typically administer a gentle sedative, then step away to allow you to spend time with your pet while he or she is falling asleep. When your pet is adequately sedated, we will then give an injection of a very concentrated anesthetic that will slow, then stop breathing and heartbeat. Sometimes there may be muscle movements, even after death, which is normal.
If you have chosen to have your pet cremated, we will provide transportation to our hospital and arrange the cremation for you. If you prefer to bury your pet at home, we can provide a special burial bag that makes the unpleasant task a little more bearable.
In-home euthanasia is more expensive than having the procedure done at the hospital, with good reason. There is much more time involved for the doctor and an assistant, including travel, time with the family, sedation time, etc.
If you feel that in-home euthanasia might be right for you and your pet, please call for answers to any questions you might have. Our clients and their pets are special to us, and we feel privileged to be there for you in your time of need.
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
3200 Sherrills Ford Road
Salisbury, NC 28147
t: (704) 636-6613
f: (704) 630-9218
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30am-5:30pm
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