Saying Goodbye - Surrounded by Family, with Peace and Dignity

 

Saying a final "goodbye" to a beloved pet is never easy and often the most difficult decision an owner will make. For some, the decision can be overwhelming leading to intense grief and guilt. Although it is difficult, planning euthanasia for your pet is one of the most responsible, and ultimately, the most kind, gesture you can do on behalf of your animal - especially when quality of life is greatly diminished.

 

In Home Euthanasia

 

Most pets don't enjoy a trip to the vet even when they're feeling their very best. A car trip, a hectic clinic and unfamiliar people, sounds and smells can cause undue stress during an already difficult time. In home euthanasia eliminates the burden and stress instead allowing your pet to remain in a comfortable, familiar atmosphere surrounded by those they love.

 

When and where you say your goodbyes is decided by you and your pet - whatever you feel is best needed to help you both make the procedure as calm and tranquil as possible. We suggest a loving, calm atmosphere, snuggling with a familiar blanket or toy while surrounded by family, friends and other pets.

 

The Procedure

 

When the time comes, Dr. Dugger will come to your home, discuss final arrangements and before administering the injections, walk you through the procedure so you fully understand what will happen.

 

When you are ready, an initial injection of a sedative which helps calm and soothe your pet. The calming sedative typically takes effect in 5 to 20 minutes. Once you are ready, Dr. Dugger will administer the final injection, a concentrated barbiturate solution injected intravenously. The pet will quickly lose consciousness, as body functions being to slow down and eventually stop.

 

Final Arrangements

 

Burial of a pet in the state of Colorado is not allowed if it has been euthanized unless done at a pet cemetery.  The medications used in the euthanasia procedure can be toxic to wild animals should the body be exhumed.  Therefore, we do provide the service to transport your pet for cremation, though you may transport your pet yourself.  Cremation may be communal if you do not wish to have your pets ashes returned, or private in which case we will return the cremains once your pet has been cremated.  A complimentary clay paw is made at the time of the euthanasia, and we can also provide a hair clipping if you wish.

 

Other options, such as burial or internment, are also available with a few select pet cemeteries offering the service throughout the state.

 

Masthead Photo Credit:  "Paw" by Hasor / FoterCC BY-SA

Photo 1:  "I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye" by C. Dugger ©2015

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