At-Home Cat & Dog Euthanasia 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 cat and dog euthanasia services that allow you to say your final goodbye to your cherished pet in the comfort of your own home.
Knowing When It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Deciding on pet euthanasia is one of the most stressful decisions in a pet parent’s life, but it’s important to realize that choosing this option is not a sign of “giving up.” It is one of the most humane decisions you can make, as it helps to end your pet’s suffering and allows them to pass on with dignity. Yet, how can you know it’s time to say goodbye? It’s important to look at different parts of your pet’s quality of life to see if they're still enjoying their time, or if they’ve lost their spark.
Here are some things to consider when deciding on cat or dog euthanasia:
Personality: Has your pet’s personality changed? Have they become more reclusive or aggressive? Are they sleeping more often? Do they seem lethargic and depressed?
Enjoyment: Does your pet still enjoy their favorite things like their daily walks, a favorite game, or greeting you at the door when you come home?
Mobility: Is your pet still able to get around or do they struggle with sitting up, avoid using the stairs, or no longer jump or run like they used to?
Eating and drinking: Does your pet still have an interest in food? Are they eating and drinking regularly, or have they lost their appetite?
Pain: Is your pet in constant pain that only seems to lessen with sleep? Are their pain medications becoming ineffective?
A good rule of thumb is that if your pet seems to have more bad days than good, it may be time to say goodbye. As always, we’re here to guide you in your decision, as well as make suggestions for possible palliative care options that could ease your pet’s suffering and keep them with you for a little while longer.
Making the decision to say goodbye to a beloved companion is traumatic. I’m incredibly grateful that I had this team on that journey with me to make it a gentle, loving passage for my little Molly.
St. Paul Pet Hospital can help arrange your pet’s after-care through our partner crematorium. It’s a good idea to arrange after-care services before your scheduled euthanasia appointment with us or an outside service in order to avoid the extra stress of decisions on the day of your pet’s passing. You’ll be able to choose to have your pet’s ashes returned to you and some services also offer a clay pawprint or other memorials for you to remember your pet by. Please feel free to ask us about our after-care options when you call to schedule your pet’s final appointment. We’re here when you need us.