What To Expect

Saying Goodbye is never easy.

When it’s time to say goodbye to your friend and loyal companion, the emotions that you encounter can be intense. It can be very difficult to make the decision to let them go. Pawprints was founded on the understanding that losing a pet that has become part of your family can be a very turbulent and heartbreaking journey.

Dr. Van Cleve will ensure that you have all of the information you need, as well as assistance and support to help you make the best decision possible for your best friend.

What to expect

As hard as it is to think about, it can be helpful to get a better understanding of euthanasia. This may assist you in preparing for the procedure and in coping with the grieving process. If possible, before the procedure, inform all members of your family about what lies ahead so they can have time to say their goodbyes. You may wish to have special treats, toys, blankets or other items that are special to your pet nearby. You may choose any comfortable setting. The goal of in-home euthanasia is to give your dog or cat a peaceful passing at home.

Special attention is paid to your pet’s specific needs, always keeping their comfort in mind. The goal is to ensure a peaceful, painless experience for your pet.
The Process of In-Home Euthanasia
The first step is coming to terms with your pet’s condition. To aid in the decision making process, please call Pawprints Veterinary Housecall, and Dr. Van Cleve will gladly answer any questions you may have. During this conversation, you can become more familiar with the steps taken to provide a peaceful experience for you and your pet and discuss aftercare options that are available.

Once you decide to move forward with in home euthanasia, the doctor will arrive at your home and spend time with you and your pet, describing the procedure and answering any other questions you may have.

You’ll be able to be with your companion throughout this entire process to help them to be calm and feel comforted. You can choose a comfortable place to relax with your pet, and when you are ready, your pet will be given an injection of a medication that will alleviate any pain or stress they may be experiencing. This medication will generally take 5-10 minutes to take effect. During this time you can be with them and offer lots of love and reassurance.

Once this medication has taken effect, your pet will be almost asleep and comfortable. We will then administer the euthanasia medication which is simply a large dose of an anesthetic. In order to find a prominent vein and do this most effectively, the doctor will have shaved off a small patch of hair on one of your pet’s legs prior to giving the injection. This medication is completely painless and takes effect within a few minutes. Your pet will not experience any discomfort or anxiety as this medication is given. The doctor will then listen with a stethoscope to determine that your pet has passed.

Your pet’s remains will be handled in accordance with your request. If at any point throughout the procedure you would like additional time or have any special requests, please let the doctor know and she will do her best to honor them. The goal is to help your pet’s passing be as peaceful as possible. Your regular veterinarian will be informed of your pet’s passing.
It is an honor to be entrusted with the care of your beloved pet and I hope you will take comfort in knowing that they will always be treated with respect and dignity. Helping your friend with a gentle end-of-life transition is truly the priority.