|Preparing for the event|
The decision of euthanizing your pet is undoubtedly one of the most difficult ones you will ever have to face. This experience will be made more peaceful and easier if you, your family and your pet are well prepared and if you create an environment that is conducive to having a peaceful experience.
There is no doubt that you will be upset and vulnerable during the event. It will be a painful, difficult time for you, your family and your pet. However, it will be made much easier if you don’t experience untimely interruptions or unexpected “surprises”. The following article will help you to get prepared and to minimize the possibilities that unforeseen circumstances will make things harder for you.
Being well prepared might turn this painful event into a meaningful, spiritual sendoff of your pet’s next journey and a celebration of your pet’s life instead of a stressful and painful moment.
First, when you make the appointment, you should make sure that you have all your questions answered about the procedure, the aftercare, etc... You may not think of what questions to ask, so it is important to educate yourself on the procedure. A full description of the procedure is on the Home page, and there is even a video you can watch which will help to prepare you. Once you have read and watched the information, questions may arise that you may want to ask the doctor or staff. If this is the case, we are always happy to answer all your questions and concerns. Don’t hesitate to call us (contact).
It is important that you have all your questions answered regarding the cost of the procedure. Don’t be afraid to ask: it is an important part of being prepared and we will be happy to give you a quote. The cost depends on the size of your pet, the type of aftercare you choose, where you are located and whether the visit is done during regular operating hours with an appointment or outside of regular hours, on an evening, week-end or even in the middle of the night. The fee schedule is clearly laid out on our “Fee Schedule” page.
Something important to consider is how you would like to have the aftercare handled. Will you prefer to have a private cremation with the return of your pet’s ashes? A communal cremation with ashes spread out at sea or over a garden? Will you prefer to handle the aftercare yourself and take your pet to a pet cemetery or (depending on the city ordinances) bury him or her in your backyard? See “Aftercare” page for details.
Part of preparing yourself is to decide who will be present. What family members are able to and/or want to attend? Who will be of good emotional support for you and your pet? Will you feel comfortable being present for the procedure? Or perhaps for part of the procedure or maybe none at all. Consider your children’s presence too (see “Should children be present?”). What about the other pets in the family (see “Should other pets in the family be present?”)? Will you feel comfortable helping the doctor carry your pet to the doctor’s vehicle or will you require an assistant (see “Will an assistant be needed?”)? These are all considerations that you may want to resolve ahead of time in order to make things smoother and more peaceful.
Parking for the doctor’s vehicle will be important to plan for particularly if you live in an area where you have to rely on street parking or if visitor parking is limited in a HOA community. Remember that your pet’s remains will need to be taken to the doctor’s vehicle and that it may make things difficult if parking is not readily available. Also, please note that an additional fee may be applicable if the doctor has to park in a distant or remote location from your home.
Another aspect to consider is the atmosphere and ambiance of the setting. Where will you, your family and your pet be most comfortable? Will it be outside under your pet’s favorite tree, inside on his bed, on the couch? Will you want to have the lights dimmed, candles burning, soft music playing? Or perhaps you will find yourself and your pet most comfortable in “the usual” lighting, and ambiance of your home. Will you want the procedure to be done at a park, at a friend’s home? These are all different possibilities depending on what you, your family and your pet will feel most comfortable with. It is important to note that we wish to make this event as non-clinical as possible. No special lighting is required for the doctor and the doctor will feel comfortable working in any location of your choosing where your pet is comfortable and reasonable access to your pet is granted. It is important to note that the euthanasia will go more peacefully for your pet in a quiet, soft environment. It is expected and normal that you will experience sadness and grief. However, a noisy, loud environment and agitated people will make this much more difficult for your pet.
Here are some of our recommendations to minimize untimely interruptions and possible inappropriate disturbances for you and your pet: Turn off your phones (home and cell), turn off the television and place a “do not disturb” sign on the front door. This will help to protect the privacy of your family at a time where you will all be a bit more vulnerable than normal. If you wish to have music playing, soft, low-volume music is recommended.
Will you want to keep your pet's collar and tags? If you do, it will be important for you to remember to remove them from your pet before or after he has passed away and before the doctor takes his remains away for the aftercare. Collars and tags are not removed prior to the cremation and if you do not take them off, your pet will be cremated with his collar and tags.