The decision to euthanize is often difficult to make, and even harder to plan. We offer counseling (by phone or at your home) to help determine if this is the best decision for your pet.
No one wants their pet to suffer, but it can be challenging to assess this in your own dog or cat. Quality of life is the barometer we utilize for many pets. Often, your pet may have a terminal illness, but you are not sure what signs to look for to know when it's time to make a decision. Or, perhaps debilitating arthritis, but the dog is still eating well and wagging the tail when you come home.
How do you know what to do?
Dr. Susan Haight has helped many, many families deal with the decision making process, the actual euthanasia, and what to expect afterwards. This is a family decision, but not every family member handles it the same way. You may also find other pets in the home grieve in a way you did not expect, and we can help you to help them.
What is most important in this decision is your pet - and that you and your family are comfortable with your choice. Pets deserve to leave us with their dignity, and sometimes families feel later that they waited too long. We can help you to avoid this pain and make the best decision at the best time for your beloved pet. After consulting about your pet, if the decision is made to euthanize, you can know that we will treat you and your pet with the utmost respect and care. We have all made this decision for our own pets, and know it's painful, even when it is the right choice.
What you can expect:
When we come to your home, we will talk about the euthanasia experience and what you can expect. We can discuss this on the phone, but sometimes there are new questions when we arrive. We encourage you to ask anything at all, and this is true for any children that may be present, as well. We will endeavor to answer your questions, and give you a complete sense of what will take place before, during and after the euthanasia.
When you are ready, we will give your pet a sedative. Once they are asleep, we will administer the euthanasia solution. The euthanasia solution takes a very short time to become effective - usually less than one to two minutes. If we are taking your pet with us, you will have all the time you need before we leave.
There are several caring and compassionate pet crematory and burial facilities in Atlanta, such as Deceased Pet Care, Dream Land Pet Memorial Center, and Paws, Whiskers & Wags. We can manage the transport of your pet for either cremation (with no ashes returned), or individual cremation (with ashes returned) through one of these companies above, or an alternative company of your choice. We also offer a complimentary paw print as a keepsake of your beloved pet.