Goodbye My Friend
At home pet euthanasia services

What to expect

                                                                              









Phone consultation
    The first step is to contact Goodbye My Friend by phone or email.  One of the staff members will be able to make arrangements and answer any questions you may have.  If you are not sure if it is time to euthanize your pet, please refer to the How Do I Know It's Time page for further information.  We are able to provide phone consultations as well if you need help deciding.  Also, contact your pet's family veterinarian.  She/he knows your pet's medical condition and prognosis and may be able to offer valuable insight.

Euthanasia
    Dr. Rutan will arrive to your home during the scheduled appointment.  Once all questions have been answered, Dr. Rutan will complete the required paperwork and receive payment.  This allows you to not be bothered about any further details once your pet has passed.  A sedative will be administered to your pet to aid in relaxing them as well as relieve any pain or anxiety .  Your pet will feel nothing more than a pinprick.  Once the sedative has taken effect and you are ready, an intravenous catheter will be placed (usually in a hind limb) and the euthanasia solution given.  The euthanasia solution rapidly causes the pet to lose consciousness.  Response to this injection varies between patients.  Most will seem to fall asleep peacefully.  Breathing stops and the heart follows minutes later.  Your pet will not close her/his eyes.  Dr. Rutan will auscultate the heart to confirm that your pet has passed.

After your pet's passing
    After death, some pets will lose control of their bowels.  Others may exhibit muscle twitching or deep breaths (agonal breathing).  Please be assured that your pet has passed and these movements are nothing more than reflexes.

Aftercare
    Goodbye My Friend can assist you with the handling of your pet's body after death.  Either group or private cremation with return of ashes can be arranged.  Goodbye My Friend also offers custom paw print memorials.  Please refer to the Aftercare page for more details.
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