Frequently Asked Questions:
How will I know it’s my pet’s time?
No one knows better than you. I’m here to offer guidance, but ultimately leave the decision up to the pet parent. I am a firm believer in quality of life over quantity. Please review the Quality of Life Assessment and feel free to call or email if you need more help making an informed decision.
Why is in-home euthanasia preferred over traditional in hospital euthanasia?
Providing in home euthanasia is invaluable. Many pets find it stressful, painful, and frightening to travel to a hospital in the last moments of life. I don’t think there is any better way to pass than peacefully in the comfort and privacy of your own home surrounded by your loved ones. Most pet owners who experience in-home euthanasia say they would never do it any other way.
Why should I decide to humanely euthanize my pet rather than having them die naturally?
Losing a pet is never easy. Many owners put off the decision to euthanize in hopes that their pet will pass on their own. Dogs and cats are very stoic and great at hiding signs of pain and we usually don’t discover their discomfort for quite some time. Unfortunately, dying naturally is often preceded by long periods of anxiety and suffering. When your pet’s quality of life has diminished to the point where they are no longer living a life that they were once enjoying, making the decision to euthanize is a kind way to end your pet’s suffering. Making the decision to euthanize is one of the greatest gifts we can give our beloved pets.
How long before my pet's ashes are returned?
Ashes are generally returned within 7-10 days.
How do I know this is "really my pet's ashes?"
Pets at Peace will treat your pet with the highest of respect. There are strict identification procedures in place to ensure that your pet’s ashes are theirs alone.
Should children be present for euthanasia?
Children should ideally have the opportunity to say goodbye to their companion, and in our experience, children are often amazingly present and engaged. Click here for an excellent resource on talking to children about a pet's death.
Should other pets be present for euthanasia?
It is our experience that other household pets absolutely need this time to say goodbye, just like any other family member. Most pets seem to understand what is going on, and will sit quietly and attentively, honoring the process much in the same way as you do. If you feel your pet may be disruptive to the process, they can be placed in another room and allowed to say goodbye once their friend has passed. Being able to see and smell their friend allows for closure, which is important in the grieving process. Following the loss of their friend, they may act depressed for a day or so after, but generally return to their normal behaviors and routines following this time.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for euthanasia?
The only thing you need to focus on is loving your pet The service can be performed on a favorite bed, outdoors, or wherever your pet will be most comfortable. We will care for all of your pet's end of life needs, including pee pads to protect your home in case urination or defecation occurs following your pets passing.
Can I feed my pet or give medications before euthanasia?
You can feed your pet or offer favorite treats if he or she is eating. On rare occasion, nausea can happen following sedation, but this is generally due to either your pets underlying disease process or sensitivity to medication, not the fact that you let your pet enjoy a favorite treat or meal. If your pet is on pain medications, we recommend to continue to give them on the day of euthanasia.