End-of-Life Care and Euthanasia

IMAG0004-resizeWhen our animal companions are suffering, or their condition has progressed beyond our ability to provide them with comfort and happiness, we are able to give them the gift of a peaceful and painless passing.

The decision to euthanize is never a simple or an easy one, but Autumn Care & Crossing can help you through every step of this emotionally challenging process. If you are not sure whether the time is right, you can always call to discuss your concerns, or schedule a consultation to discuss your pet’s quality of life.

Once you have made the decision to euthanize, Dr. Schoenberg will work with you to provide a graceful, loving, painless passing for your beloved pet. Together we can decide when and where you want the process to happen, who you would like to have present, and how to handle your pet’s care afterwards.

What to expect:

At the start of the visit, you will need to sign a consent form, giving the doctor permission to perform the euthanasia. Once the paperwork is complete, we will find a comfortable place that you have chosen, and settle with your pet.

At this time, your pet will be given an injection of pain medication and sedative. This is done with a very small needle, is usually quite painless, and will help your pet relax and avoid any stress or discomfort during the rest of the visit. Over the next 5-10 minutes your pet should relax and fall asleep. During this time, you and any other loved ones can gather, pet them, and say your goodbyes.

When you are ready, a second injection will be given, letting your pet pass away quickly, peacefully, and painlessly. You can stay with them through this process, and for as long as you need.

After your pet has passed, there are many options to handle their care. We work directly with a pet cemetery that offers options for both burial and cremation, as well as many beautiful ways to memorialize your companion. Dr. Schoenberg can discuss these with you in detail, and help you choose how best to honor your pet and care for their remains.