Home Euthanasia for Cats and Dogs

Euthanasia Procedure for Dogs

After taking care of the necessary paperwork at your home, I will administer a sedative injection — a combination of tranquilizer and pain killer, similar to the sedatives they give us prior to a general anesthetic. It will take 10-20 minutes to take effect. The plan is to have the dog in a mental state where he doesn’t care when you apply the tourniquet to his leg for the final injection.

The euthanasia injection is an overdose of a barbiturate anesthetic that goes intravenously. It takes effect as fast as it gets into the circulatory system. The dogs are usually gone before the end of the injection, but if there are any signs of life I will not remove the needle, until I’m sure we won’t need any more medication.

When it feels to you like your dog has passed, I will double check the heart with a stethoscope, and the eye reflexes for brain activity, before I declare death.

If you need help with the aftercare of your dog’s body, I can make arrangements for private or non-private cremation. If your dog weighs over 25 pounds, I will need your help to get him into my van.

Euthanasia Procedure for Cats

After we finish the paperwork at your home, I will administer an overdose of a barbiturate anesthesia. It will take effect as fast as it gets into your cat’s circulatory system. I will go over stages of anesthesia with all who are present so you can know what to expect. When it feels to you like your cat is gone, I will double check the heart with a stethoscope, and the eye reflexes for brain activity, before I declare your pet dead.

That is the medical part of the procedure.

If you need help with the aftercare of your cat’s body, I can make arrangements for private or non-private cremations.

Euthanasia Procedure Videos

Here are two YouTube video examples of euthanasias. Every practitioner’s procedure is slightly different and every animal is unique, so your experience may differ. But this videos will give you an idea of what the procedure might be like.

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After Care of Bodies

After a home euthanasia, you have several options for caring for your pet’s body:

  • I can leave your pet’s body with you and you can make your own arrangements.
  • I can arrange a non-private cremation, which means I would take your pet’s body away and arrange for a cremation with the bodies of other pets. Ashes are not returned to you.
  • I can arrange for a private cremation. In addition to removing your pet’s body, I will arrange for it to be cremated in a kiln by itself. The cremains will either be returned in a metal urn with a screw top or a cherry wood box– your choice, no extra charge.

I try to carry the means to make paw prints for keepsakes. You may also ask for a clipping of your pet’s hair.

Euthanasia Request

If you are requesting euthanasia for your pet, please provide the following information:

  • Your name, address, and phone number
  • Your pet’s name, breed, sex, age, and condition for which pet is being euthanized
  • Name of referring veterinarian
  • Questions you have about the procedure
  • Your preferences for your pet’s after care