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In-Home Euthanasia


Decision Making:

Euthanasia is the act of humanely ending a pet's life. It essentially means "good death." Making the decision to euthanize your beloved pet can be very difficult and complicated. Your pet's quality of life and what is important to him/her and loved ones must be considered. It may take some time to come to this decision and should not be rushed if at all possible. 

Planning and Preparation:

Because you and your pet will be in the comfort of home, you will have more flexibility in the euthanasia setting. You will be able to decide who will be present (everyone is welcome, including other pets), when it will happen (preferred days and times based on availability) and where (on a favorite bed, outdoors if weather permitting, etc.)


It is important to consider your options for aftercare prior to euthanasia to help make the entire process less stressful. The most common options include home or cemetery burial (check local regulations and by-laws about burial on residential property) and cremation (flame-based cremation to reduce body to cremated remains/ashes). Private cremation allows you to have your pet's cremains/ashes returned to you. With group/communal cremation, your pet's cremains are not returned.

If you choose cremation, we will handle your pet's transport and return (usually in 3-4 weeks).

We are partnered with Memorial Pet Services out of Madison for cremation and other memorial options. You may visit their website ahead of time to prepare for your pet's final arrangements.

The process of euthanasia:

Our goal is to make the process of euthanasia as peaceful as possible. Knowing what to expect can help alleviate fears about the process. We welcome any questions before, during and after euthanasia. We also encourage having favorite foods/treats, toys, blankets, etc., present to help make your pet comfortable during their final moments.

The process involves two steps - first, your pet will be given an injection of a sedative to help calm and make him/her sleepy. After your pet is relaxed (usually over 5-10 minutes), we will administer a quick-acting euthanasia solution that will gently end all life functions. After confirming your pet has passed, you will be able to visit privately for your final goodbye.

Please feel free to memorialize your pet during euthanasia - candles, music, special reading/prayer, paw print, clipping of fur/hair, etc. This is a time for you and your pet. Take your time and do what you need. Our goal is to honor your bond and provide the gift of peace to your beloved pet.

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