One of the greatest responsibilities of having a pet is ensuring that your pet does not suffer needlessly. When your dog or cat has a painful condition that cannot be treated, a terminal illness that has reached the end stages, or has become too old and disabled to enjoy life, you may chose to help your pet pass peacefully from this world.
Curbside Care provides veterinary services for all stages of your pet’s life, and that includes the final part of your pet’s journey.
When the time comes for your pet to cross the “Rainbow Bridge,” Dr. Zaring and her staff will professionally and compassionately guide you through the difficult process of pet euthanasia.
Many questions arise when a pet parent considers euthanizing a beloved dog or cat friend. We have addressed some of these questions on this page, and we can answer all of your questions and concerns by phone or email.
The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand.
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years;
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Bring to me those who to my needs will tend,
Only, stay with me till the end,
And hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree,
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
What is Euthanasia?
The word euthanasia means “painless death.” When performed properly, euthanasia is indeed a painless way to allow your pet to die in peace.
Dr. Zaring will first talk with you and with your pet, putting your pet at ease and addressing any last minute concerns you may have. Next, your pet will receive a small sedative injection which will help your pet relax and alleviate any anxiety that he may be feeling. Once your pet is completely relaxed, an intravenous (i.v.) catheter will be placed in one of your pet’s legs. Because of the sedation, your pet will not feel the catheter, nor will he be aware that he is undergoing a veterinary procedure.
The euthanasia injection will be given through the i.v. catheter. Using the catheter ensures that the injection does not burn your pet, and it allows the injection to quickly and accurately enter the bloodstream.
Once in your pet’s bloodstream, the euthanasia solution will first affect your pet’s nervous system, causing complete loss of consciousness. (This is why euthanasia is frequently referred to as having your pet “put to sleep.”) Next the euthanasia solution will stop your pet’s heart and lungs, and he will become deceased.
How will I know when it is time?
This is a very difficult question and one with which every pet lover struggles. Chances are, if you are considering euthanasia as an option for your pet, then it is time.
You may find it helpful to make a list of five things that your pet enjoys (for example, greeting you at the door, jumping up on the couch, eating a favorite treat, sitting on the window sill, or playing with a certain toy). As your pet loses the ability to do these things, mark them off the list. When your pet is unable to do the majority of the things that make her happy, then it is probably time for euthanasia.
Dr. Zaring and her technicians are trained to help you with the process of euthanasia, and they can guide you in your decision-making. However, you know your pet best, and, ultimately, the decision must be your’s.
Will you come to my home?
Yes. At your scheduled appointment time, Dr. Zaring will arrive at your home and park the mobile veterinary clinic in your driveway or on the street in front of your home.
Can you euthanize my pet inside my home?
Yes. Euthanasia can be performed nearly anywhere. Your pet can be in his comfy bed, lying on your lap, under her favorite tree in the backyard, or just hanging out in the family room. We want your pet to be comfortable, and we can accommodate most situations.
Can I be with my pet?
Yes. Your pet’s euthanasia will be a peaceful experience, and we encourage you to be present with your pet. However, sometimes it is too painful for a pet parent to witness the euthanasia. You are welcome to be present for as much or as little of the euthanasia process as you wish.
What happens afterwards?
Right after the euthanasia, Dr. Zaring will confirm that your pet is deceased. Then, when you are ready, you can either prepare your pet for burial at home, or you can use our pet cremation service, Pet Angel. Our partners at Pet Angel are pet lovers themselves, and they understand the deep bond you have with your pet. They will handle your pet’s remains with care and dignity, and your pet will be cremated according to your wishes. Communal cremations with other pets are available, or you can have your pet cremated alone. There are several options for having your individual pet’s ashes returned to you. Learn more at www.petangelmemorialcenter.com or by calling Pet Angel at (317) 791-1070.
How do I schedule my pet’s euthanasia?
You can schedule a euthanasia appointment by phone or text (317-771-1952) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).