3 Benefits of Euthanizing Your Pet in the Comfort of Your Home

3 Benefits of Euthanizing Your Pet in the Comfort of Your Home August 9, 2018
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Yesterday my family and I experienced a significant loss. Our beloved cat, Monty, died peacefully at our home. Monty was a great cat, and one of our best friends. After a year of chronic illness, we chose to euthanize him in our house. Until recently, I didn’t know animals could be euthanized at home. However, there are veterinary practices that specialize in helping families say goodbye in the comfort of their own homes.

Pets become an integral part of a family. When my husband and I lost his mother to cancer, she died peacefully in her home. I remember how comforted my father-in-law felt seeing her pass at home. Going through that experience, helped me understand the value of dying at home rather than in a hospital or nursing home. Thanks to the wonderful veterinarian’s animals can have this same experience.

There are several benefits to picking home euthanization of a pet versus taking them to a clinic. I am going to highlight a few reasons why home euthanization the most loving choice for pets.

Reduces Stress

When an animal is near the end of life, their bodies work hard to keep them alive. Many will hold on for weeks or months despite their lack of nutrients and pain. Watching an animal decline is stressful for others in the family including other pets.

Transporting an ill animal to a clinic is stressful for the family and the animal. Most pets experience anxiety when they go to the vet. By picking a home euthanization, pets can remain in the home. Instead of having stress and fear of being in a clinic, they take their final breaths surrounded by all of their loved ones. The experience is calm and peaceful for the family and the animal.

Allows Other Animals to Say Goodbye

If you have other animals in your home, home euthanasia will enable them to say goodbye. Yesterday, as Monty received the medicine to put him to sleep, our other cats stayed by his side. For years, the cats lived together and were the best of friends. After Monty took his final breath, both cats approached his corpse and gave him licks goodbye. Seeing his body allowed them to process his departure.

Pets develop connections to each other. When you take a pet to a clinic to die, other animals don’t witness their death. They only understand the animal left and didn’t come back. Allowing the pet to die at home minimizes other animals confusion and will enable them to grieve properly.

Grieving is done at Home

Twelve years ago I put my cat Chloe down at a veterinary clinic. Watching her struggle with fear in those last moments broke my heart. I sobbed uncontrollably as she took her final breaths in my arms. After she died, I had to walk through a clinic to get to my car. Other pet owners watched me cry and break down. My private moment and grief were lost in the publicness of the situation.

Yesterday, my husband and I grieved in our home. As Monty took his final breaths, we sat with him on his favorite bed. I didn’t have to worry about anyone watching me cry. My husband and I could be present in the situation without fear of others. Together we held each other, cried, and said goodbye. After he passed, Monty was wrapped in a blanket and taken away.

Is Home Euthanization Right for All Families?

While home euthanization made sense for our family, it will not be an option for all families. Euthanizing at home is more expensive than going to a clinic. Some animals will be too critically ill to be at home for their death. The option only works for animals that are near their end of life and not being treated at an animal hospital.

For animals that aren’t being treated in the hospital, the option can make a sad experience more bearable for all parties involved.

For more information on how to locate a veterinarian that practice in-home euthanasia, please visit In-Home Pet Euthanasia.

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  • Tawreos

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is so amazing how much a part of the family a little furbaby can become and I am glad you found a way to do what needed to be done in a way that was best for all of you.

  • Thank you so much!

  • gimpi1

    I have also discovered home based vet care. Our vet has full “admitting” privileges at a local animal hospital, but does routine care such as exams, vaccination and, yes, euthanasia, at home. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive, but the vastly lower stress levels make it well worth it, in my view.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. At least you have the comfort of knowing your little buddy passed easily, without the fear a trip to the vet can invoke.

  • Wow! That is so awesome!!! I need home vet care

  • gimpi1

    I live in Seattle. I don’t know if the service is available in other areas. I found my vet by googling “home Veterinarian care in Seattle area.”

    I was lucky enough to find a vet who actually used to work full-time at the vet practice/animal hospital I was using. She’d quit when she had a baby, and was looking for a way to keep her hand in without committing to a full-time practice. She had been doing in-home vet care for several years. She also provides “ambulance service” to elderly and disabled people who have trouble getting a pet in for more major care. I can’t recommend the idea enough!

  • Anony

    I found out half a year ago that my cat’s kidneys are declining. So far so good (she’s on a strict renal diet), but she won’t make it to 20 as I’d hoped. I’ll be lucky if she makes it to 12. It’s forced some issues and I feel relief to have some things figured out and decided. For once the vet will come to her. But I hope that won’t be for a long time, just enjoying her right now.

  • Enjoy your days with her

  • Anony

    Will do 🙂 so long as she enjoys them. But yesterday she was treating the apartment as an obstacle course and doing battle with a leaf on the balcony, so she’s still healthy.