The decision to euthanize a beloved pet can be one of the hardest and most complex decisions of our lives. The timing is a personal one, and competing factors must often be considered. Quality of life of the pet and the family, financial and logistic limitations, and religious or spiritual feelings about death and euthanasia all play a part.
When the time comes to say good-bye, Dr. Thorpe can help you give your beloved companion the gift of a gentle passing. You will be encouraged to pick a comfortable spot and to gather whomever you wish to be present. She will explain the entire process to you as it happens so that you know what to expect. The goal is to provide a planned, personal and peaceful end-of-life experience for your pet in the comfort of his or her familiar environment.
The process itself will typically involve two steps. First, your pet will be sedated with a combined injection of pain medications and mild anesthetic. After 5 – 10 minutes, they will be resting peacefully. There will then be time for everyone to say their final good-byes without feeling rushed. The second injection involves an overdose of anesthetic medication administered into a vein or central organ. Once this happens, your pet will peacefully depart this life within a few minutes. Never is the process rushed and never is your pet painful or frightened at the end.