All pet owners
want their pet's last moments to be as comfortable as possible and
as stress free for themselves and their pet as the situation can be.
The natural question is "Can the veterinarian come to our home to
administer the euthanasia solution?" The answer is Yes. However,
there are a number of things to consider.
What will you do with your pet after euthanasia?
Will your pet require restraint so that the needle can be carefully
placed into a vein? In the animal hospital, the staff is trained in
gentle restraint procedures which allows for proper administration
of the euthanasia solution.
The veterinarian will most likely have to schedule the home visit
after regular office hours. Are you willing to pay for an
after-hours in-home visit?
Do you understand that often, as the pet is euthanized, there will
be an emptying of the bowels and bladder? In an animal hospital
setting this is not a problem.
Understand that in the animal hospital most animals are willing
to accept that they are not in their own territory and they become
less defensive than they would be in their own home. This
realization by the pet actually allows for easier handling of the
pet in the hospital than the same handling as taking place in the
Are you willing to have your pet sedated prior to attempts to place
the needle for euthanasia? Sometimes the process goes much more
smoothly if sedation is given prior to the visit. Sedation is a good
topic to discuss with your veterinarian to lessen any stress on your
pet prior to an in-hospital or in-home procedure.
veterinarians who have made it a policy never to euthanize a pet
outside of the animal hospital setting. They have some very good
reasons for this policy. However, if you must have your pet
euthanized at home, don't be reluctant to make some phone calls and
you will be able to find a veterinarian who will accommodate your
preceding article has been added to our resources with the kind
cooperation and permission from T. J. Dunn, Jr. DVM http://www.thepetcenter.com/ and http://www.petfooddirect.com/