When It’s Time: The At-Home Cat and Dog Euthanasia Process in St. Paul, MN

Making the decision to euthanize your beloved pet is an extremely difficult decision. The one we as pet parents all dread. Just the word euthanasia brings an abundance of emotions – guilt, sadness, anger, perhaps feeling like you’re letting them down. In truth, euthanasia is the kindest final gift. It frees our companions from pain and suffering and allows them to peacefully pass with dignity.

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How Do I Know When It’s Time?

There is no one right or definitive answer. If you are questioning, we should assess overall quality of life. Quality of life is highly subjective and different for every pet. The following tools may be helpful in aiding you in your decision.

Does Your Pet Still Enjoy Doing Its Favorite Things? 

Start a calendar/journal.  To qualify as a “good” day, your pet must be enjoying 3 out of 5 of his/her favorite things (seeking attention, playing, etc).   This helps us to objectively look at quality of life over a period of time and to see if they are having more good days than bad.

Talk to Your Vet

Have a discussion with your veterinarian at St Paul Pet Hospital.  We are here to help you navigate through this difficult journey.

View This Assessment

Visit this document to go through their How Do I Know When It’s Time assessment.

At-Home Pet Euthanasia Services in St. Paul, MN

As fellow animal lovers and pet parents ourselves, we understand the unique relationship you and your family have with your beloved pet. This deep bond makes the pain of losing your best friend as potent as losing any close family member. That’s why we work to provide as much comfort and support to you as we can in this difficult time.

Our veterinarians are proud to offer at-home dog and cat euthanasia services that allow you to say your final goodbye to your cherished pet in the comfort of your own home. Saying goodbye to your pet at home has many benefits such as:

  • Being more comfortable and less anxious in their own surroundings with familiar smells, beds, etc.
  • Less stressful for those pets with mobility issues
  • Being able to be around other household pets and family members

What to Expect on the Appointment Day

A euthanasia appointment typically takes 30-60 minutes. One of our veterinarians and a technician will arrive at your home. The veterinarian will walk you through the entire euthanasia process. Feel free to ask any questions. 

A heavy sedative will then be administered to ensure your pet is relaxed and comfortable. The final euthanasia injection is given and your pet will pass. We will step out and allow your family to spend time together. If we are handling transportation for your pet’s cremation, we will discuss information on how and when ashes will be ready to return home to you.

We understand that this is a very difficult decision and we are here to guide you every step of the way.

We’re Here When It’s Time

If it’s time, our veterinarians in St. Paul, MN, are here for you and your pet by offering at-home cat and dog euthanasia. Please give us a call to schedule this service with our animal hospital team by calling (651) 789-6275.