Because their last moment should be at home with you.
Saying goodbye to your pet is one of the most difficult decisions you may ever make in your life. Lap of Love is committed to making the process as easy as it can be. We are compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgmental. As veterinarians, we understand the progression of diseases and the suffering that is usually inevitable. We will assist you in making the decision that is best for your pet and ultimately for your family. Saying goodbye in your home could be the single most compassionate thing you do for your pet.
All At Home Euthanasia Services Include:
- Humane Euthanasia
- Memorial keepsake - clay paw print (made at your home) & hair clippings
- Pet loss booklet with pet name and date of death. Includes information on canine and feline grief other pets may experience.
- Transportation for cremation, if elected (see Aftercare for costs)
- Notification to your family veterinarian of your pet's passing
We have appointments available during the day and make every accommodation to be available on nights and weekends. If your pet is in need of immediate care, we will make every effort to be available as quickly as possible.
What to Expect
Outlined below are a few general things to expect from a home visit euthanasia. If you have any questions, special desires, or need any help in your decision-making, please do not hesitate to ask. If you would like a more detailed description of what the process is like, please email or call us.
Before the Vet’s Arrival
Think about any arrangements you would like to make beforehand, such as family or friends that would like to be present, any special family or religious tributes/ceremonies you would like to have arranged. Plan to have other family members and pets in the house say goodbye if they will not be present on the day of the appointment.
Find a quiet place where you and your pet will feel most comfortable. You may choose a favorite room, a special place in the house, or even somewhere quiet outdoors. If you have a cat or small dog, the procedure can often be done with your pet in your lap. Essentially, anyplace that is comfortable for you and your pet is fine. Our job can be done anywhere.
The procedure will be explained to you once the veterinarian arrives, according to your interest level and comfort. Feel free to ask questions if needed. Everything will be done at the pace you and your pet dictate. The actual procedure is quite simple and peaceful: except under extreme circumstances a sedation injection is given to relax your pet. Once you and your pet are ready, the final drug is given, usually in a vein. It works very rapidly, only seconds in most cases. The veterinarian will then confirm that your pet has passed on. After, you may continue to spend as much time as you need with your pet. A paw print will be made when you are ready.