Frequently Asked Questions

Is “dying naturally” a better option?

Some pet owners would rather wait for death to naturally take their pet than make a decision to euthanize. However, most diseases such as arthritis or kidney disease can lead to a long and painful end of life process full of stressful suffering and anxiety. In such cases in-home euthanasia can help your pet pass peacefully before they start experiencing too much discomfort.

Can I be present during the euthanasia procedure?

Of course, you can stay for as much of the procedure as you are comfortable with. Indeed, during the sedation period, your pets need to have someone they love and trust so that they were relaxed and calm. Some pet owners choose to be present for the whole procedure while others only wish to stay for the sedation part, as they might feel overcome with grief.

Should other pets be present during the euthanasia?

Absolutely. Other family pets need to be present during the procedure or at least say goodbye to their friend after the euthanasia is done. A brief glance or a sniff toward the deceased pet is usually enough for them to realize that their friend is gone. This experience may help bring closure and decrease the chances of depression of the remaining pets.

Should children be present during the euthanasia?

This decision is to be made by the parents alone, as they know their children best of all. And, of course, it all depends on the age of a kid. Children younger than 5 seem to be unsure about what’s going on and are more disturbed by their parents’ emotions than by the loss of the pet.

Older children can be more conscious, understanding and even supporting in such situations. But you need to explain carefully the procedure itself and ask if your child wants to be present for euthanasia of their pet. If not, don’t force them. It is also recommended to have someone available who can be with your child as he or she may decide to leave the procedure anytime.

If you feel that you are able to provide your children with proper understanding of the procedure, it is definitely worthwhile being present to have the opportunity to say goodbye to their beloved friend.

How does the euthanasia drug work?

The final injection is an anesthesia overdose that stops all brain function. The brain is shut off first and then the rest of the body is shut down in stages. All you will see is your pet’s breath will stop first and then the heart will stop second. Your pet will not feel any discomfort.

How long does the euthanasia procedure take?

The whole appointment is usually between 30-40 minutes. The first injection of a heavy sedative allows your pet to relax and eliminate pain. The sedation does not take effect instantly. Most pets become totally sedated within 10 minutes on average. The final injection is very fast and takes effect in about 30-60 seconds.

Can you help me with after care of the body?

After the euthanasia is done, we can provide a paw print free of charge using quick dry plasticine. After the family spends a few private moments with their pet, Dr. Goldie Rosen will transport the pet into her car, and arrange the aftercare service through Pets Above Pet Crematory. In approximately one week's time, she will tell the owner that their after care products have arrived and organize a time in which they can be picked up at her home.
Pet owners may choose between a regular, communal cremation (no ashes returned), or private cremation (ashes returned in a standard urn engraved with their pet's name).  Each private cremation includes a complimentary burial/scattering urn. Decorative urns are available at additional cost.