Is ‘dying naturally’ a better option?
Some pet owners would rather wait for death to take place naturally than decide to euthanize. However, it can be painful watching your pet suffer, and many terminal diseases can lead to a long and painful end of life process full of suffering and anxiety.
Can I be present during the euthanasia procedure?
Of course, you can stay for as much of the procedure as you are comfortable. During the sedation period, your pets need to have someone they love and trust, so they are relaxed and calm. Some pet owners choose to be present for the whole procedure while others only wish to stay for the sedation part.
Should other pets be present during the euthanasia?
Absolutely. Other family pets need to be present during the procedure or at least to say goodbye to their friend. A brief glance or a sniff toward the deceased pet is usually enough for them to realize their friend is gone. This experience may help bring them closure and decrease their chance of depression.
Should children be present during the euthanasia?
It depends on the children. Parents are best at making this decision as they know their children best. It also depends on the age of the child. Children younger than 5 seem to be unsure about what is going on and are more disturbed by their parent’s emotions than by the loss of their pet.
Older children can be more understanding and supportive. However, you need to explain the procedure carefully and ask them if they want to be present for euthanasia of their pet. If not, don’t force them. I also recommend having someone available who can be with your child in case they decide to leave the procedure at any time.
If you feel that you can provide your children with a proper understanding of the procedure, it is worthwhile that they are present to have the opportunity to say goodbye to their friend.
How does the euthanasia drug work?
The first injection of a heavy sedative allows your pet to relax and eliminate pain. Then the final injection is an anesthesia overdose that stops all brain functions. The rest of the body shuts down in stages. First, you will see your pet’s breath stop, then the heart. 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. This can take 5-15 minutes to take effect. Then the final injection is very fast and takes effect in about 30-60 seconds.
Can you help me with aftercare of my pet after the procedure?
Yes, Dr. Rosen will help with aftercare. She will do a paw print in quick dry plasticine free of charge, then allow the family to spend a few private moments with their pet. Then Dr. Rosen will transport your pet to her car, and arrange the aftercare service by Gateway.
Pet owners may choose the type of cremation they would like. They can choose between a communal cremation (no ashes returned), or a private cremation (your pet is cremated along in his/her private chamber, ashes are returned in a complimentary scattering tube or silk pouch). Decorative urns are available at an additional cost. Gateway has many different urns, keepsakes and paw prints.
In approximately two week’s time or sooner, you will receive an email notification that the ashes and aftercare products have arrived at your regular veterinary clinic.