THE PROCEDURE ITSELF
Procedures will vary based on each practice or Veterinarian. At VIP Vet Visit, we begin by discussing the process of euthanasia with you as well as discussing your pet’s aftercare. For more information on your aftercare options, you can read my other blog article, A Personal Decision – Bury or Cremate Your Pet.
We begin by giving your pet a sedative under the skin to help them feel calm and comfortable. The sedation takes a couple of minutes to take effect. You can typically see their pain slip away as they begin to relax. We use a sedation protocol that includes a heavy pain-reliever mixed with a heavy sedative all in one injection.
Once you and your pet are relaxed and at peace, we give you as much time as desired to share one last memory together. After receiving your permission to proceed, we then administer a second injection with anesthesia that will typically make your pet go to sleep within 60 seconds.
Lastly, a third injection of angel juice is administered that first effects their brain and respiratory center. This rapidly stops their breathing before stopping their heart and giving them their angel wings. The entire process is very peaceful for your beloved family member. After your pet has passed, you can continue to spend as much time with them as needed.
VIP Vet Visit offers compassionate in-home hospice and euthanasia for pet parents in the south Chicago suburbs where the end of life experience is peaceful, private and loving. You can schedule an appointment online here.
We pride ourselves on assisting pet parents during these final moments of their pets lives, which is why we also offer quality of life consultations over the phone. These are hard decisions for any pet parent to face. We want to help you understand where your pet is at in their journey and help you give them the most peaceful high quality death possible. You can schedule a quality of life consultation online here.
If you are still uncertain about your pet’s health or unsure if you should talk to a Veterinarian, you can use our online Quality of Life calculator to help determine if you should be considering hospice care or euthanasia for your dog or cat.