A friend of mine recently lost her pet. However, she lost her pet in the most peaceful way possible. Her vet advised that her cat would not live more than a few more days. Rather than letting her loved kitty linger, she opted to have the vet come to her home and ‘euthanize’ her pet. Her cat died underneath its favorite tree, laying on its fav pillow, with its owner by it side. My own cat is 13 and is starting to show signs of aging. I began to think. ”what would be the best way for my beloved Cleo to cross over to the rainbow bridge?” Rather than ”putting my cat down” as people call it, I am opting to have Cleo euthanized at home, when her time comes.
Not all vets offer this service. If your vet or local animal hospital does not provide euthanasia services, call others in your area and inquire. Generally, it is easier to find a vet who will come to your home in a rural area, as they often make house calls to farms and dairies. A vet that you have known for awhile is more likely to offer the services. Petlossathome.com lists states thats presently offer in home euthanasia services.
Discuss Fees Beforehand
Having your animal put to sleep at your house is not cheap. Fees vary depending on the vet and the area of the country. Fees often depend on whether a pet owner opts for simple euthanasia or for cremation or other services. For example, one vet in California, states that a simple euthanasia costs $320 for a small animal under 20 pounds. Add a communal cremation and the fee is $400. For a private cremation, the fee becomes $500.
Plan When To Euthanize Your Pet
Make a plan beforehand with your vet concerning when the right time is to euthanize your pet. Do you want to depend on the vet’s opinion concerning the right time? Ask what symptoms to look for that tell if an animal is in pain or on the way out. Is your pet moaning and laying around more than usual? Are they having difficulty getting around and appear to be in pain? Have they quit going to the bathroom? Each case and animal is different, so knowing their medical history helps in making this difficult decision.
My cat’s favorite spot is my pillow. Whether it belong to me or smells like her owner, no one knows But this is her preferred spot. So I have discussed with my vet that when Cleo’s time comes. It won’t be cheap, but I am saving for this dreaded day. After all, I want my pet companion to cross over as naturally as possible. Contact your local vet, animal shelter or pet store to ask about euthansia for your beloved pet.