AT HOME PET EUTHANASIA
Home Vets NYC/Pet Requiem was founded in 2009 by Dr. Wendy McCulloch. Our mission is to provide pets and their owners with compassionate and humane veterinary care in your home. Thus, ensuring your pet has the optimum quality of life at every stage of life.
Advances in veterinary medicine have allowed our pets to share our lives for longer. The human–animal bond is strengthened as we seek support our aging pets. As veterinarians we approach the care of your aged pet as a continuum of care to support and strengthen the precious human–animal bond that has developed over your pets lifetime.
Evaluation of your pet’s individual requirements will allow us to offer a practical health plan suited to your pet and your objectives for them. An initial in home consult is scheduled with follow-up visits and phone consults as needed.
Costs for services above our basic house call exam will vary depending on your pet needs – here are the typical services offered. Please contact us for an estimate of fees.
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Hospice is a philosophy based on the premise that “death is part of life.”
We aim to nurture the human-animal bond and provide an alternative to premature euthanasia without compromising your pet’s quality of life.
Every situation has a unique set of challenges we can assist owners in navigating. Our recommendations aim to keep your pet as comfortable as possible in the home with owners as their primary caregivers.
We will address basic elements of a pet’s Quality of Life. View scale HERE
Key elements are:
Comfort w/adequate PAIN control
An initial consult is scheduled with follow-up doctor and/or technician visits and phone consults will be arranged as needed.
Euthanasia at Home
Euthanasia means a “good death”
Pet Requiem provides pet owners and their pets a private and compassionate alternative to euthanasia in a clinical hospital setting.
We will evaluate your pet’s condition and assist you in deciding whether this is the right decision for your pet at this time .
We know situations can change and we are flexible in our availability and will be prepared to offer alternatives if euthanasia is not the right choice at the time of the appointment.
As vets our mantra is “above all to do no harm….”
Cremation & Aftercare
Individual/ Private Cremation with return of ashes
Cedar urn with brass finished engraved plaque
Shipping return of ashes
Simple/Communal cremation without return of ashes
Pet transfer to crematory
Costs depend on the size of your pet.
Please call or e-mail for an estimate.
How Will I Know It’s Time?
A Pet Requiem vet can discuss specific issues related to your pet’s illness or condition when you call to make an appointment.
Here are some indications that your pet may be in pain or distress or close to death:
Not eating or drinking
Rapid or open mouth breathing
Profuse vomiting and/or diarrhea
Decreased responsiveness to stimuli, people or other pets in the household
Reluctant to move or walk
Crying or other forms of vocalization indicating severe pain
Comatose or severe lethargy
Fecal or urinary incontinence
Pale, white or blue gum color
What Can I Expect?
The entire process involves 2 injections and usually takes 15-30 minutes depending on how quickly the pet responds to the initial sedative.
The 1st injection, (administered under the skin or in the muscle) is a combination of 2 to 3 drugs designed to induce a plane of sedation so that your pet is peacefully resting and unaware of what is happening. Most pets are unaware of the first injection. Occasionally, a slight reaction to the first injection is encountered, as there may be a minor stinging sensation. Very occasionally, a mild excitement phase is encountered as the injection of the first drug is being absorbed.
The 2nd injection, (administered intravenously) is an anesthetic agent given in much larger doses than normally given for anesthesia. It rapidly stops respiration and heart function. Both processes occur within several seconds to a minute. Clippers may be used to shave the hair over the injection site so that the vein can be more easily seen.
As the body relaxes, the patient may take a deep breath – they are unconscious at this time and not in any distress. We usually place patients on an absorbent diaper pad as patients often release their bowels and bladders once their muscles relax.
Some pets may also exhibit residual faint muscle twitching after they pass. Some people may often misinterpret this as a sign that their pet is still alive. This is not an uncommon post-mortem change in large dogs.
Many people are surprised that their pet’s eyes don’t close when they die – this is the rule rather than the exception.
Rarely, adverse reactions to the combination of drugs occur with a prolonged excitement phase. If your pet has ever had reactions to sedatives or anesthetics, please let us know so that we may be prepared.