The decision of pet euthanasia should be discussed with your regular veterinarian or by scheduling an online In-Home Quality of Life Consult with Private Pet Passing. There are treatable medical problems that older pets especially can have that could be mistaken for a “normal slowing down due to old age” or “tired all of the time” such as infections, painful osteoarthritis (very common) or thyroid problems. You should be as well informed as you choose to be before making the decision to euthanize and this is best done through a consultation with your regular veterinarian or with a visit from Dr. Kristin and her veterinary assistant.
Dr. Kristin will first administer a combination of a sedative and pain medication just underneath the skin of the pet. Once the pet is deeply sedated (usually takes 5 to 10 minutes), an intravenous catheter is then placed in the pet’s leg vein. The purpose of placing an IV catheter is to have venous access that is well-secured so that when the family is ready the euthanasia solution may be given into the already secured IV catheter. Alternatively, the euthanasia drug may be given into the belly of the pet if placing an IV catheter in not possible.
The euthanasia solution is a concentrated barbiturate solution. The first effect of the euthanasia solution is complete loss of consciousness; within several seconds, the rest of the body’s functions will gently slow down and stop. This is similar to passing in one’s sleep as there is no stress, pain or awareness.
After Dr. Kristin has verified the pet has passed with her stethoscope, the family may choose to spend more time with their pet. At this time, a complimentary paw print impression can be made as well. If the family has elected private or group cremation, Dr. Kristin will wrap the pet in a blanket for transport.