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What to Expect During a Home Euthanasia


Saying goodbye to a beloved pet friend can be one of the hardest things you do.  Our goal is to make everything as peaceful and gentle as possible for both your family and your pet.  One way to ease your worries and concerns is to have an understanding of the euthanasia process.  

Within the scheduled appointment time window, Dr. Kate and sometimes an assistant, will arrive at your home.  We will get acquainted, briefly discuss your pet's condition, address your concerns, and answer any questions you may have.  There may be some brief paperwork to complete, if it was not completed online prior to the visit.


To make things easier, we offer the option to settle payment ahead of time with a card through an emailed link, or cash, check, or card completed at the time of our visit.  It is suggested to have payment either prepared or done ahead of time, to  help simplify things and allow more focus on your pet's needs.


Our time together will typically last somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour, sometimes a little longer.  Please feel welcome to choose and create the environment you feel is best.  This time is all about the comfort of you, your family, and your furry friend.    

Your friend may be in their favorite resting spot, whether that be outside (weather permitting), on the floor, on their bed, or a favorite piece of furniture.   Really, it may be anywhere your friend and your family are most comfortable and content.  It is completely up to you whether you want to be right there, or if you would like to step out at any time. 


Medicine will be given to allow your pet to become relaxed and quite sleepy.  Whatever time and medicine your pet needs to become adequately relaxed will be granted to them.


Once your pet is comfortable and peaceful, the final euthanasia medicine will be given, which will allow your pet to pass away peacefully.  


If you would like, we can make you a clay paw print keepsake.  This is included in the service, if you would like one. 


For  aftercare, we offer respectful removal of your pet's body and arrangement of cremation with Forever Friends Pet Cremation Services in Green Bay.  Please see more detailed information about cremation options under Services and Fees

We may need your help to lift or carry your pet out to the vehicle.  To allow us to move your pet in a safe, dignified way, small pets are carried in a basket, and large pets are carried on a stretcher.  Your pet will be tucked in with a blanket for transport, and you may send along a light blanket and/or toy along with your pet to stay with them for cremation service if you would like.  


Alternatively, you may elect to take care of after-care arrangements on your own.  Please be aware of the safety issues involved if you are choosing to bury your pet.  Please check this link on burial information regarding risks to wildlife and the environment.  Also, please check with your local municipality regarding whether burial is allowed.

You may click on this link to read an article by the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement on "Understanding Euthanasia" for more information.

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There is nothing like staying home for real comfort.

- Jane Austen

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