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In-Home Pet Euthanasia- What you need to Know about It

Author: Harrison Foy
by Harrison Foy
Posted: Dec 17, 2015

Just like human beings, there comes at a time when you the life of your beloved pet comes to an end. It could be because of old age, illness, injury, or any other factor that may diminish the quality of the life of the animal. In such situations, you have to consider in-home euthanasia so as to bring an end to its pain and suffering. For some people, it may be a difficult decision to make. However, talking to a veterinarian can help determine if it’s the time to say goodbye to your pet.

When to consider in-home pet euthanasia

The following are signs that your pet’s life needs to be brought to an end, as it is no longer enjoying quality life.

  • The pet is in chronic pain which medication does not seem to reduce or control.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting which dehydrates or causes the pet to lose a lot of weight.
  • The pet is unable to eat because of poor appetite, vomiting, or chronic ailment.
  • Is incontinent such that he soils himself frequently.
  • Has lost interest in life activities such as playing with, going for walks, etc.
  • Cannot stand or walk on his own
  • Has chronic labored coughing or breathing.

Before you make the very final decision it important to have the peat examined by professional veterinarian. Some conditions which may cause the pet to have the signs and symptom listed above can be treated and cured.

What to expect during in-home pet euthanasia

When it comes in to reality that it is the time to bid goodbye to your beloved pet, it can be really stressful. A professional will explain the procedure before he begins. If you have any question feels free to ask them. Small pets such as cats are placed on table for the euthanasia procedure. Larger pets such as dogs may be handled on the floor. In any case, it is good to ensure the pet lies on comfortable bed or blanket.

In most cases, it is the veterinary technician who will hold the pet for the euthanasia procedure. The veterinarian will most likely give the pet a sodium pentobarbital overdose. This anesthetic drug quickly causes the pet to be unconscious and stops its heartbeat, causing death immediately. The drug is mostly administered by injecting it to the vein.

The best site for injection is the front or hind leg for cats and dogs. Because the drug causes unconsciousness at first instance, it is likely that the pet will not struggle to die. However, the pet may release its bowels or bladder during or soon after death. This is very normal and should not be a cause for worry. To confirm that the pet is dead, the veterinarian may use stethoscope or just obverse it. After death has been confirmed, You may be asked if you would like to have last moments with the pet.

You can choose to witness or not to witness the in-home pet euthanasia. After that you can choose whether the animal will be cremated or buried. Most people choose cremation but others choose to bury the pet in their farm. Before you choose to bury the pet, check the ordinances in your county, neighborhood or state and find if there could be restrictions. You can also bury the pet in a pet cemetery.

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N Motion Hvc offers finest full home veterinary care services in Maryland. Our veterinary services include home physical examinations, vaccinations, advanced dental care, stem cell therapy and pet wellness plan to maintain your pet's good health

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