At Home Veterinary Housecalls

3311 Henderson Road
Greensboro, NC 27410

(336)855-5110

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EUTHANASIA

"Like all vets I hated doing this, painless though it was, but to me there has always been a comfort in the knowledge that the last thing these helpless animals knew was the sound of a friendly voice and the touch of a gentle hand."                                                                          ~James Herriot

We strive to provide that "friendly voice and gentle touch" with our in home euthanasia.  This decision may be the most difficult one your will need to make in the relationship with your four-legged friend. Our service allows the pet and owner to be at home in privacy and in familiar surroundings.

Euthanasia literally means 'gentle death.' The pet is first sedated by giving an injection into the muscle. The pet may feel slight discomfort when the needle tip passes through the skin, but this is no greater than for any other injection. This injection takes 5-10 minutes to take effect. During this period, the owner can visit with and comfort the pet. After the animal is asleep, an intravenous injection of a barbituate is given. It takes only seconds to induce a total loss of consciousness. This is soon followed by respiratory depression and cardiac arrest. The procedure is quiet, painless, and rapid.

After euthanasia, several options are available. You may bury your pet at home, or we can arrange for pickup for group cremation or private cremation.

The decision to say goodbye to a beloved pet is always a painful one. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

The following are links which may help in dealing with pet loss.

Cornell University Pet Loss Support

Coping with the Loss of a Pet

A Guide to Euthanasia

Rainbow Bridge 

Helping Children with Grief