Dr. Gorman is committed to making the passing of your pet as peaceful and painless as is possible, from initial phone call to the final good-bye. She is available by phone for pre-visit consultations covering quality and end-of-life issues, and how to prepare for the euthanasia visit. One the day of the visit, she will call you when on her way to give you a precise time of arrival. Once at the home, we will first get the consent form and payment completed before starting the so that our attention is focused 100% on the comfort of your pet and helping you through the process.
Pet euthanasia is achieved through an anesthetic overdose. The pet is first given a calming sedative in the form of an injection to the thigh muscle. This is to relieve both pain and fear. It may sting briefly, so distracting them with a tasty treat is helpful. Relaxation, then unconsciousness sets in over the next 5-10 minutes. During this time, you can stroke and comfort your pet as you feel comfortable doing.
When the pet is fully sedated, and IV injection is given of a potent anesthetic drug which goes to the brain and shuts it down. Breathing will stop within 30 seconds, followed by the heart slowing and stopping in the next 1-3 minutes. When death has come you may notice that the eyes remain slightly open, the tongue may relax out a little and some muscles may twitch. Occasionally, a few sudden deep breaths occur. This is normal as the body passes. The pet is not aware since the brain has already shut down.
Though the process of euthanasia is fairly quick, we typically allow 30-60 minutes for the visit so that there will be ample time to say farewell.
The cost of Serenity services varies depending on the size of the pet. Typically the cost ranges from $150 for a small cat to $210 for dogs weighing less than 130 lbs. The $75 housecall fee is included in this price. There is an additional mileage charge for those calls out of our normal service area.
There are three options to choose from:
The cost of communal cremation ranges from $50 - $110 and is determined by the weight of the pet. The cost of individual cremation, with the return of the pet’s ashes in a custom wooden box, ranges from $170 - $250. These charges would be in addition to the charge for euthanasia.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."Anatole France
If human lives be,
for their very brevity, sweet,
then beast lives are sweeter still...Gregory Maguire, Son of a Witch