In-Home Pet Euthanasia

“We know that your pet is a part of your family and we will be with you every step of the way.”

In Home Pet Euthanasia

After receiving a terminal illness diagnosis, pet parents often use hospice care to maintain the best quality of life for their pets. There are other times when your pet may be diagnosed with end-stage arthritis or cancer and might be difficult to take him/her to the vet’s office. Which is why we want to eliminate that difficulty and come to your home.

How to Know When the Time Is Right

Rainbow Bridge serves the necessities of both pets and their families. We are a family-friendly and service-oriented business working out of Long Island, New York. We value giving the best quality service and utmost care that our customers have come to know and anticipate from us. There are several signs to know when the time is right to put your pet down. The end of life changes can include changes in behavior, loss of bowel or bladder control, changes in breathing, decreased appetite and difficulty walking.

“Don’t make this decision alone. Allow us to help you through this difficult time”

Rainbow Bridge Hospice Care

Remember, the decision to determine the right time to put your dog or cat to sleep is entirely in your hands. You might also want to discuss with your veterinarian or care specialist about your pet’s conditions. However, no one knows your pet better than you do as you have spent a considerable amount of time, interacting and communicating with her/him. You can trust your heart and us to determine when the time is right.

What to Expect During Euthanasia

At Rainbow Bridge Hospice Care, we perform in-home pet euthanasia using the most humane method so your beloved pet will have a peaceful and painless euthanasia experience. Although euthanasia is a virtually pain-free process, it’s essential to know what will happen and how your pet’s body may respond.  

First, your pet will be thoroughly examined in order to determine if euthanasia is warranted. Pet euthanasia is a highly concentrated anesthesia that is made for the sole purpose of euthanasia. We may be able to provide pain management and environmental modifications to provide your pet with the best quality of life possible.

However, if euthanasia is the appropriate decision your pet will first be given a sedative to calm your pet thereby eliminating any fear or anxiety. Full unconsciousness and peaceful relaxation will insue. We will then gently infuse a pain-free injection of barbiturate.

“Although euthanasia is a virtually pain-free process, it’s essential to know what will happen and how your pet’s body may respond.”

Rainbow Bridge Hospice Care

In Home Pet Euthanasia Preparation

First, put aside a large towel and a bed sheet that the veterinarian can keep. Consider lighting candles, playing relaxing music, we encourage you to provide us with your pets bed, favorite blanket and toy. We can euthanize your pet in his/her favorite spot of your home.

Please put aside two bath towels for urine leakage and a cover or bed sheet that the veterinarian can keep. If you’d like to send a special keepsake with your pet you may. 

The veterinarian will delicately wrap your pet’s body. The veterinarian works alone and needs your assistance in lifting the stretcher to their vehicle.

Customized Care 

The aftercare of your pet is a very personal decision. We will be there with you every step of the way. We can also help you memorialize your pet with a clay paw print.

Why Choose Rainbow Bridge Hospice Care

It’s never easy to decide to euthanize your beloved companion. At Rainbow Bridge Hospice Care, we will guide you and help you make right choices regarding your pet euthanasia process, so you and your loved ones can say the final goodbye to your pet, peacefully and serenely. 

Pet Euthanasia Guide: Things to Consider

Once you have made the decision to euthanize your pet, you can start to take some time thinking about the following things:

You want to make sure that the vet who’s going to euthanize your pet knowing him/her beforehand and have medically treated the pet.
Think about what time and what day of the week to euthanize your pet at home as you’ll need time to cope with your feelings before and after your pet is euthanized.

It’s good to have a plan ahead, however, if your pet is suddenly having seizures or difficulties in breathing, go to an emergency hospital or your vet quickly.

Decide which room you’re going to put your pet down. And you also might want to think whether you’ll be able to cope with memories in your house as some pet parents can’t enter the same room again after their pet is euthanized.
Who should be present
Decide whether you want to see the process, or to have relatives, friends or children in the room. Many experts say that it is best if children under eight-year-old don’t see the euthanasia process and they can say goodbye before and after the procedure.

Sometimes, having other pets around is also soothing, and it’s totally OK for you to be in and out of the room during the process.  

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us. Our vets will be happy to assist you and give the best option in this difficult time.