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In-Home Euthanasia

 

Pets weighing 100 lbs or less: $100

Pets weighing more than 100 lbs: $150

Quality of Life Assessment (QOL): $50

Transportation to funeral home for cremation: $50 (optional)

 

Attention: In-home euthanasia

We highly recommend scheduling in-home euthanasia appointments 1-2 days or more in advance. Same-day appointments ARE NOT guaranteed.

 

For optimal planning, we highly recommend scheduling in-home euthanasia services 1-2 days in advance. We acknowledge that unforeseen circumstances may arise, preventing advanced planning, and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

 

It can be difficult to decide whether or not to pursue euthanasia for our furry companions. Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is always heartbreaking, but euthanasia can be a humane and compassionate option when our pets are suffering from a terminal illness or severe pain that cannot be managed with medication or other treatments. It's crucial to discuss all options with your veterinarian and carefully consider what's best for your furry friend, taking into account their quality of life and personal preferences. Ultimately, the decision to pursue euthanasia is deeply personal, but it can offer a final act of kindness and relief for our beloved pets.

Preparing a pet for the end of their life can be a challenging and emotional process, but it's sometimes the best thing for their health and well-being. To help make the transition as peaceful as possible, consider taking the following steps:

 

1. Discuss your pet's condition with your veterinarian and explore any options for end-of-life care. Your vet can also assist you in determining when it's time to say goodbye. The veterinarian is the best person to help you make this decision. They can assess your pet's condition and provide guidance on the best course of action.

2. Consider your pet's quality of life: If your pet is suffering from a chronic or terminal illness, their quality of life may be greatly affected. Consider whether they are in pain, have difficulty eating or drinking, or are unable to do things they used to enjoy.

3. Discuss options with your family: It's important to discuss this decision with your family and make sure everyone is on the same page. This can be a difficult conversation, but it's important to consider everyone's feelings.

4. Decide on the method: Your veterinarian can help you decide on the best method for putting your pet to sleep. This may involve an injection of a medication that will cause them to fall asleep peacefully.

 

5. Ensure your pet is surrounded by familiar items, such as their favorite blankets, toys, or treats, to make them feel comfortable. You may also want to create a peaceful environment by playing calming music or using aromatherapy.

 

6. Consider saying goodbye to your pet in a quiet and peaceful space or performing a meaningful ceremony to honor their life and memory.

 

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to prepare for the rainbow bridge. Do what feels right for you and your pet and give them the love and care they deserve during this challenging time. Putting a pet to sleep is a difficult decision, but it can also be a compassionate one. Your pet will be able to rest peacefully and free from pain.

Why is a Quality of Life assessment required prior to euthanasia?

 

As part of our comprehensive approach to euthanasia, we consider your pet's Quality of Life (QOL) before proceeding. This assessment is essential as it enables us to thoroughly evaluate your beloved pet's behavior, signs, overall appearance, diagnosis, and most importantly, your own quality of life and financial circumstances. We understand the emotional and financial challenges that come with caring for an ill pet, and we want to ensure that euthanasia is a well-informed and compassionate decision for both you and your pet. By carefully considering all these factors, we strive to determine whether euthanasia is the most appropriate choice for your pet's well-being.

 

What should I expect when my pet is euthanized?

 

Your veterinarian will first administer a heavy sedative to help your pet relax and become more comfortable. Once your pet is calm and you are ready to proceed, a second medication will be given to induce a deep sleep and stop their breathing and heart. After the injection, your pet's breathing will slow down and eventually stop. Your veterinarian will monitor your pet's vital signs closely during the procedure to ensure that they have passed away. Once your pet has passed away, your veterinarian will check for a heartbeat and breathing to confirm that they have died. You can choose to be present during the entire process or step away after the sedative is given. Your veterinarian will work with you to create a plan that feels right for you and your pet.

It's important to note that every pet may react differently to the euthanasia process.

It is not uncommon for a pet to release their bladder or bowels during the euthanasia process. This is due to the relaxation of muscles that occurs as they pass away. Please know that this is a natural response and is not an indication of any discomfort or pain for your beloved pet. Placing an absorbable potty pad or towel under your pet before the process can help contain any accidents. Our staff will do everything possible to make the process as peaceful and dignified as possible for both you and your pet.

 It is also possible for some pets to exhibit reflexive movements such as gasping, muscle twitching, or vocalizing. These are involuntary responses and do not indicate that your pet is experiencing pain or discomfort. It is important to understand that these reflexes are a normal part of the process and do not affect the peaceful passing of your beloved pet. The medication used in euthanasia ensures that your pet is completely unconscious and does not feel anything. These reflexes are simply a natural response of the body as it shuts down.

Aftercare

Planning a Funeral

 

Planning a funeral for a beloved pet can be a difficult and emotional process, but it can also be a way to honor their life. The first step is to decide on the type of service you want to have. You may choose to have a traditional funeral with a viewing, a memorial service, or a private ceremony. Once you have decided on the type of service, you will need to choose a location, such as a funeral home, cemetery, or your own home. You may also want to consider the type of casket or urn you want for your pet, as well as any special decorations or personal touches you want to include in the service. Additionally, it is important to consider who you want to invite to the service and how you want to remember your pet. Some people choose to create a memorial or plant a tree in honor of their pet, while others may make a donation to an animal charity or create a photo album or scrapbook. Whatever you decide, remember that planning a pet funeral is a personal and meaningful way to say goodbye to your furry friend.

Burial

 

It's important for you to be aware of any laws or regulations regarding pet burials in your area. Some cities or towns may have specific rules, such as needing a permit or limiting the burial location. To ensure that you are following any necessary guidelines, check with your local government or animal control agency. If you plan to bury your pet on private property, make sure you have permission from the owner and that it is legal to do so. By being aware of the laws and regulations, you can ensure a respectful and legal burial for your beloved furry friend.

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be a difficult process, but it's important to give them a proper farewell. Here are some steps you can follow to ensure a peaceful and respectful burial:

 

Losing a pet can be a very challenging experience, and deciding how to bury them can be a tough decision. The first step is to find a suitable location to bury your pet. Many people choose to bury their pets in their backyards, but it's important to check with your local laws and regulations to ensure that it's legal in your area. 

 

Once you have found a suitable location, you will need to dig a hole that is at least 3-4 feet deep. This will ensure that your pet's remains are appropriately buried and will not be disturbed by other animals. You can use a shovel or other digging tools to make the hole.

 

Next, you will need to wrap your pet's body in a cloth or blanket and place them in the hole. Some people choose to bury their pets with favorite toys or other sentimental items, but this is entirely up to you.

 

After your pet is placed in the hole, you can cover them with dirt and pack it down firmly. You may also want to place a marker or headstone at the site to remember your beloved pet.

 

Remember to take the time to grieve and process your emotions after burying your pet. Take your time and do what feels right for you and your furry friend. It can be a difficult and emotional process, but know that your pet will always be with you in your heart and memories.

Cremation

 

When it comes to pet cremation, there are a few important steps. First, your pet's body is placed in a specially designed cremation chamber. The chamber is then heated to a very high temperature, which causes the body to break down into ash and bone fragments. Once the process is complete, the remains are allowed to cool before being carefully collected and placed in an urn. You can keep the urn, scatter the remains in a favorite location, or bury them. To ensure that your beloved pet is treated with the utmost care and respect throughout the process, it's important to choose a reputable and trustworthy pet cremation provider. We recommend Lietz - Fraze Funeral Home & Crematory to honor your pet in a dignified and respectful manner.

 Lietz - Fraze Funeral Home & Crematory

1701 N. Stockton Hill Rd.

Kingman, AZ ​86401
(928) 753-2555

Private Cremation

 

When it's time to bid farewell to our furry friends, it's crucial to consider the different options available for their final send-off. Private cremation is one such option that offers several benefits for both pet owners and their pets.

 

To begin with, private cremation guarantees that your pet is treated with the utmost respect and dignity throughout the entire process. Unlike communal cremation, where multiple pets are cremated together, private cremation is a more personalized and intimate option. Your pet will be the only one in the cremation chamber, meaning their ashes won't be mixed with any other pets.

 

Another advantage of private cremation is that it enables pet owners to keep their pet's ashes as a cherished keepsake. The ashes can be put in a decorative urn or scattered in a significant location. This offers a sense of comfort and closure to pet owners who want to keep their furry friend close to them even after they're gone.

 

Private cremation also provides a sense of privacy and control over the process. Pet owners can choose to be present during the cremation if they want, or they can choose to have their pet picked up from their home or veterinarian's office and taken to the crematorium. This provides a more personalized and flexible experience that caters to the individual needs of each pet owner.

 

Private cremation offers a respectful, personalized, and meaningful way to say goodbye to your beloved pet. It allows pet owners to keep their pet close to them and provides a sense of closure during a challenging time.

Communal Cremation

 

If you're considering pet cremation and are looking for a more cost-effective option, communal cremation may be worth considering. While this method involves cremating multiple pets together and not receiving your pet's ashes back, it's important to note that their remains are treated with respect and care. With communal cremation, the ashes are either scattered in a designated area or disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Private cremation, on the other hand, involves cremating your pet alone and receiving their ashes back. Ultimately, the decision between communal and private cremation is a personal one and depends on your individual preferences and needs.

The Rainbow Bridge

 

Losing a pet can be devastating, but the Rainbow Bridge offers comfort to pet owners who have lost their furry family members. It's believed that when a pet dies, they cross over a rainbow bridge into a place of peace and happiness. There, they are reunited with their beloved owners and are free to run and play without any pain or suffering. The thought of our pets in this peaceful paradise is heartwarming and can bring solace to those who are grieving. The Rainbow Bridge serves as a reminder that our pets are never truly gone, but always with us in spirit.

Rainbow Bridge Poem

"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

 

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

 

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

 

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…."
– Author Unknown

"When our beloved pets pass away, they cross the rainbow bridge to a place of peace and love. There, they can run and play with friends and never feel alone. It's comforting to know that we will see them again one day and they will come back home to us."

 

"Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim."
– Vicki Harrison

“Grief is the price we pay for love.”

– Dr Colin Murray Parkes

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