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What Is Euthanasia?

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Dr. Karie Anne Johnson Mobile Vet for VIP Vet Visit
By Dr. Karie Johnson  |  Healthcare  |  Jan 2019

What Is Euthanasia?

3 Minute Read
Dr. Karie Anne Johnson Mobile Vet for VIP Vet Visit
By Dr. Karie Johnson  |  Healthcare  |  Jan 2019
Dr. Karie Anne Johnson Mobile Vet for VIP Vet Visit

By Dr. Karie Johnson  |  Jan 2019

WHAT IS EUTHANASIA?

Euthanasia means a good death or providing the best death possible. The true definition of euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease.

WHY CHOOSE EUTHANASIA?

Most people think of their pet’s quality of life when thinking about euthanasia. It is important however to think about the pet’s quality of death as well. Euthanasia ensures a good quality of death. Pet parents who euthanize their pet choose a calming, loving and peaceful death for their family member. This procedure allows the pet to go to sleep and never wake up. It is an honor and a privilege that I as a veterinarian am able to provide a high quality death to my patients.

THE DECISION TO EUTHANIZE

This is one of the most painful decisions and experiences a pet parent will ever have to go through. There will be some amount of guilt involved in this decision, but making the choice to euthanize will guarantee your beloved pet has a peaceful and loving passing. Here at VIP Vet Visit we guarantee the most peaceful, calm, loving and compassionate in-home euthanasia and end of life experience possible.

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.

Dr. Karie Anne Johnson Mobile Vet for VIP Vet Visit

Author: Dr. Karie Johnson, Co-Founder of VIP Vet Visit

Dr Karie is a companion animal & equine veterinarian in the Chicagoland area. Her desire to strengthen the human-animal bond while providing enhanced preventative care led her to start VIP Vet Visit – an at-home veterinary care option that provides less stress, more convenience and better care. 

WHAT IS EUTHANASIA?

Euthanasia means a good death or providing the best death possible. The true definition of euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease.

WHY CHOOSE EUTHANASIA?

Most people think of their pet’s quality of life when thinking about euthanasia. It is important however to think about the pet’s quality of death as well. Euthanasia ensures a good quality of death. Pet parents who euthanize their pet choose a calming, loving and peaceful death for their family member. This procedure allows the pet to go to sleep and never wake up. It is an honor and a privilege that I as a veterinarian am able to provide a high quality death to my patients.

THE DECISION TO EUTHANIZE

This is one of the most painful decisions and experiences a pet parent will ever have to go through. There will be some amount of guilt involved in this decision, but making the choice to euthanize will guarantee your beloved pet has a peaceful and loving passing. Here at VIP Vet Visit we guarantee the most peaceful, calm, loving and compassionate in-home euthanasia and end of life experience possible.

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.

Dr. Karie Anne Johnson Mobile Vet for VIP Vet Visit

Author: Dr. Karie Johnson, Co-Founder of VIP Vet Visit

Dr Karie is a companion animal & equine veterinarian in the Chicagoland area. Her desire to strengthen the human-animal bond while providing enhanced preventative care led her to start VIP Vet Visit – an at-home veterinary care option that provides less stress, more convenience and better care. 

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