Your Questions, Answered
What is the format of an in-home euthanasia appointment?
All in-home euthanasia appointments are unique, just like each of the pets we love. However, most appointments will follow a similar format, and it helps some pet-parents to know this rough format ahead of time.
At the start of the appointment, Dr. Elizabeth will arrive and take some time to greet and get to know the human and animal members of the family. During this time, she will ask for a signature of consent, and confirm and record the family's wishes for the pet's aftercare. Once ready to proceed, Dr. Elizabeth will give the first medicine which will help the pet to fully relax and gently enter a deep sleep. This first step typically takes 5-15 minutes, but can vary depending on the animal. Once the pet is completely at rest and unconscious, Dr. Elizabeth will give the second and final medicine which allows the pet to pass on. This second medicine works more quickly, typically between 30 seconds to 2 minutes, though this too can vary depending on the animal.
Dr. Elizabeth will confirm that the pet's heart has stopped, and will inform the family that the pet has passed on. The family will take their time saying goodbye. If they wish to have the pet cremated, Dr. Elizabeth will bring the pet's body home with her.