Mobile In-Home Pet Euthanasia: What you should know
Posted: Nov 02, 2015
Nowadays, we have a wide range of services that are meant to euthanize your pet from the comfort of your home. These mobile in-home pet euthanasia services are not only less stressful but they make it possible for your pet to die in a peaceful and quiet surrounding. However, it is important to note that these services can serve as a painful reminder of how your pet passed and this can be annoying. It is also possible for things to go wrong and some of these issues are better handled in the office of the veterinarian.
In the recent past, there has been an increase in the services that offer euthanasia and this is an indication of the popularity of these services. In the United States, these services are supposed to be offered only by veterinarians and euthanasia technicians who are licensed. This is why it is important to find out whether your veterinarian is allowed to offer these services before you can decide to euthanize the pet. In case your general veterinarian doesn’t offer these services, they may give you the contact of a registered technician who will offer the service.
How it works
Once you contact a veterinarian technician, the professional will carry out a consultation and fill out the necessary paperwork including the cost estimate and the consent form. The veterinarian who is offering the mobile in-home pet euthanasia will do the same thing that he or she would do in his clinic. He will carry out a brief examination especially if he is not the pet’s regular veterinarian. He will then sedate the animal with an intramuscular injection.
After a period of 5 to 15 minutes later, the technician will insert a catheter in the vein of the animal before giving the euthanasia solution. The injection is given after the brain of the pet has stopped functioning and the heart is no longer functioning. At times, the pet will produce some extra gasps. However, this is not common if the sedation was done prior to the injection.
One benefit of the mobile in-house pet euthanasia is that if your local laws allow you to bury the pet at home, you will not have to arrange for transport from the office of the veterinarian. However, if this is your choice, you can have the veterinarian take the body with them for disposal or cremation.
You will also have an opportunity to grieve alone instead of doing it in front of other pet owners. You will also not have to mind about the possibilities of driving while distraught.
It is also important to realize that there are also drawbacks of in-home pet euthanasia. Like we stated earlier, there are some issues that many go wrong which can make the process harder. This is why some veterinarians encourage their clients to go to their office since there is a more controlled setting. The home may not also have the necessary equipments such as the light tables and lighting. In case the drugs don’t work well the technician may have limited options to rectify the situation.
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