Hospice, Euthanasia, and Cremation Services

Hospice, Euthanasia, and Cremation Services

Hospice, Euthanasia, and Cremation Services

We believe that end-of-life care should be approached with dignity and respect for the entire family. As pet owners ourselves, we feel it is important for your pet to be as comfortable as possible throughout their life. We will help you customize a plan for home care that fits your pet’s needs as well as your own (as much as possible). With advancements in medicine and technology, there are many ways we can improve the quality of life for older pets. And when no more can be done to extend the life of your beloved companion, we want to make the final moments you share together as easy as possible. We are here at any time to help discuss your pet’s quality of life and provide resources to help you make that difficult decision. You may also consider using a Quality of Life Scale to help guide you in assessing your pet’s day-to-day function. Here are links to two scales from the founders of Lap of Love Hospice and In-Home Euthanasia service: 

http://lapoflove.com/Pet_Quality_of_Life_Scale_DrMcVety.pdf
http://www.lapoflove.com/Pet_Quality_of_Life_Scale.pdf

We work with Final Gift Pet Memorial Center for cremation. https://www.finalgift.com

You can arrange for a private cremation with your pet’s ashes returned to you in an urn of your choosing or we can arrange a communal cremation if you do not wish to receive the ashes back. You also have the option to bury your pet at home or to make arrangements with a different cremation or burial service.

Understanding what happens during the euthanasia procedure before the event can be beneficial for everyone. Appropriate forms must be signed in order for the procedure to take place. This takes only a few minutes to complete. It is often helpful for owners to have discussed the final care options with the whole family ahead of time. Payment can be made prior to the procedure so that you may leave immediately after you have finished saying your final good-byes with your pet.

A veterinary technician will hold your pet to ensure that the procedure is done swiftly and smoothly. If your pet is unlikely to stay still for the procedure, a sedative can be given beforehand. An intravenous catheter or a butterfly catheter will be used for the administration of the euthanasia solution. The process is very fast, typically under a minute from the time of administration to the time of effect. Because the euthanasia solution is an overdose of an anesthetic agent, your pet will begin to relax almost immediately upon administration. This causes your pet to fall into unconsciousness, before slowing and then stopping the heart altogether. We will use a stethoscope to confirm that the heart has stopped beating. You should be aware that your pet’s eyes will remain open after passing; and for a few minutes after the pet has passed, you may witness involuntary muscle twitching and breathing from your pet. The bladder and bowels may also release. These are normal occurrences but can be upsetting to witness if you are not expecting it. We encourage you to spend as much time as you need saying a private farewell after your pet has passed.

Pet loss can be devastating for owners of all ages. It is okay to grieve for the loss of your beloved companion. There are many resources available to help you work through the loss. If you find you are having trouble coping alone, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. We are here to help you in any way we can through the entire life (and loss) of your pet. Here are some resources you may find useful during this difficult time.

http://www.pet-loss.net

https://vet.tufts.edu/petloss

https://rainbowsbridge.com/Grief_Support_Center/Grief_Support_Home.htm