What to Expect
How to Prepare
Euthanasia is a compassionate way to end a life. While losing a beloved pet is sad, euthanasia itself is peaceful. Knowing what to expect will help you be comfortable with what is being done - so you can focus on saying goodbye.
How to prepare
Friends and family members who are close to your pet may wish to be present. Those who do not want to be present may appreciate a chance to say goodbye beforehand. If you are the only one to be present during the euthanasia, consider having a friend at home with you, so that you are not alone.
Select a location in your home or yard that will be comfortable for you and your pet - this may be a bed or a chair, or a spot where your pet is accustomed to lying. In most cases, your pet can rest on your lap or next to you. If your pet has settled and does not prefer to be moved, Dr. Ivey will help your pet in the location that your pet has chosen. Some pets will urinate or defecate when the body relaxes - for large dogs, a layer of plastic under the blanket or bed will protect against soiling. For small pets, a towel or blanket is enough to protect your lap or furniture.
If your pet has an appetite, preparing a special treat can be a good distraction during the first sedation step. This could be meat or or anything you think your pet would most love to eat. Some people like to have candles, flowers, photos, music, or other beautiful or meaningful things close by.
Having paperwork completed in advance allows you to focus on your pet. You can email or give the form to Dr. Ivey in person. It is also ok to fill out the form at the time of the visit.
If your pet has bitten a person within 10 days prior to the euthanasia, or has been exposed to rabies within the past 6 months, please complete this form: Bite/Rabies Report
Payment can be made in advance with PayPal (Dr.Ivey@PeaceForPets.net), or you can use a check, credit/debit card, or cash in person.
Many pet insurance plans help cover euthanasia expenses. If you need a receipt, please ask for one before or during the visit.