Dr. Kristin and her veterinary technician will arrive at your home as close to the scheduled appointment time as possible. A phone should be kept nearby in case an unforeseen circumstance should arise where you would need to be contacted regarding your scheduled appointment.
There is a little paperwork to take care of prior to moving forward with the euthanasia including the pet owner signing a form authorizing euthanasia of their pet and also declaring that the pet has not bitten a person or animal in the last 10 days as required by state law.
Dr. Kristin will first administer a combination of a sedative and pain medication just under the skin. Once the pet is heavily sedated (usually takes 5 to 10 minutes), a catheter is then placed in the pet’s front leg vein. The purpose of placing a catheter is two-fold. First, the euthanasia solution is painful if administered outside of the vein and secondly, the catheter ensures clean access to the vein.
When the family is ready, Dr. Kristin then administers the euthanasia solution into the catheter. The euthanasia drug is a concentrated barbiturate solution. The first effect of the solution is complete loss of consciousness; within several seconds, the rest of the body’s functions gently slow down and stop.
After Dr. Kristin has verified the pet has passed with her stethoscope, the family may choose to spend more time with their pet. If the family has elected private or group cremation, Dr. Kristin will wrap the pet in linen for transport.
Dr. Kristin may need help with moving the pet to her vehicle.
Dr. Kristin attended the University of MN College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2004. In 2005, Dr. Kristin completed a small animal medicine and surgical internship at a large referral hospital in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Kristin then decided to move back to Minnesota where her family resides. Since being back in Minnesota, she has worked in private practice for several years. In the fall of 2011, Dr. Kristin started Private Pet Passing to give owners the option of euthanasia in the privacy and comfort of their home.