Peaceful transitions at home
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Amanda Mouradian, DVM, Sue McKelvey, DVM
Melissa Dezendorf, DVM, Sabina Johnson, DVM
Jennifer Garcia, DVM
Chamisa Veterinary Services
When the time comes for your beloved pet to transition away from suffering and into peace, we are here for you in the comfort of your home. This is often a new experience for pet owners who have not known the tranquility of allowing their pet to pass at home, and I hope this answers all of your questions:
What to expect on the day of euthanasia:
-We will arrive at your home at the scheduled time and will have a basket with all the needed supplies.
-There will be paperwork for you to sign, and we will take payment prior to the procedure. If desired, we can email the forms and invoice up to 24 hours prior so you can take care those before the sad day.
-When you are ready, your pet will be given an injection of a very powerful sedative. This is given under the skin in the hip area. While this is done, we'll ask that you rub and distract your pet so that they don't notice the needle. Most pets do not even notice this injection, but occasionally there are a few who complain briefly and calm quickly afterwards.
-The sedation takes anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes for the pet to become completely unconscious. We will monitor them and will not give the second injection until they are completely asleep.
-The final injection is given in the rear leg after they are completely unconscious. You are welcome to remain by your pet's head and chest area to speak to them and wish them godspeed across the rainbow bridge.
-After they have transitioned, we can make an impression of their paw in clay if you desire.
Care for the remains include cremation and home burial:
-We can take the remains for cremation and either have the ashes returned to you or disposed safely as directed by state law.
-If you choose home burial, we strongly recommend a hole that is at least 4 feet deep to prevent scavengers. We can assist with placing the remains in the hole with you.
-If you chose to take your pet for cremation yourself, We can assist with loading your pet into your vehicle.
We use Lasting Paws Pet Memorial Service for cremation services. You can visit their website here. They have a full catalog of memorial products that we can order for you at the time of service. Please notify our team when scheduling if you would like additional products beyond the standard, biodegradable urn.
We also recommend 4 Ever In My Heart pet memorial products. You can visit their website here.