Make Euthanasia More Comfortable
When pet owners face the agonizing conflict about when to euthanize their cherished pet, please make time to:
- Teach clients specific signs of suffering in layman’s terms (click signs of suffering tab, copy and paste, make your own handouts)
- Animals are designed to hide their pain
- Our pet would appreciate relief much sooner than we can bring ourselves to do the euth
- Almost everyone waits too long because few are educated about specific signs of suffering in layman’s terms
- If more were taught about how animals hide their pain, fewer pets would experience prolonged suffering
- Clients can proceed to the euth when they are supported in the euthanasia decision
- Support alleviates fear, develops clarity & confidence, motivates client to take action and give relief to pet
- Give handouts about signs of suffering info & quality of life factors (copy & paste from our website)
- Reassure them that they are doing the right thing
- Give handouts about how euthanasia works (copy & paste my explanation on lower right)
- Perform euthanasias in the privacy and comfort of home (purchase my 27 page guidebook below)
- Sedate pet SQ using 25g or insulin needle thus ensuring no pain or yelping during final venipuncture
- Lots of Telazol/Ace SQ (plus a little Xylazine for added relaxation in dogs)
- Ask client to set aside two large dry towels and blanket or bed sheet
- Use tall kitchen garbage bag under towel for urine leakage
- Four Flags aluminum frame stretcher
When counseling clients about when to euthanize, it’s not always helpful to say, “You’ll know when it’s time.” or “Wait until they stop eating.” It is often much more complicated than that. Many pet owners need individual discussion about their specific situation. My lists for signs of suffering and quality of life can help you to be more specific in a way that helps to support the client. (Click articles on bottom right section of this website.)
It’s common for people to wait too long to euthanize their pet because pain and suffering are shown in very subtle ways. Animals are designed to hide their pain. This makes it difficult to know: Are they suffering? Are they painful?
When we spend extra time supporting and instructing our clients during the euthanasia decision-making process and the actual procedure itself, it significantly lessens their fear. With proper education:
- These pet owners learn about subtle signs of suffering
- They then gain clarity
- With clarity, they now can move forward to the euthanasia procedure with a little more confidence
- They now know their pet is suffering which motivates them to give relief
Please read the signs of suffering info and quality of life factors on our website (bottom right section). Some veterinarians find this wording helpful and thus can advise clients more effectively.
Two things that clients need from you the most regarding euthanasia:
- REASSURANCE that they are doing the right thing
- REASSURANCE that you will be there for them during their time of need
You certainly have my permission and are welcome to copy anything on our website for handouts for your clients and for informing other veterinarians.
And now a little about Pet Loss At Home, a growing and respected national network of compassionate veterinarians dedicated to providing private pet euthanasia in the comfort of home. Our gentle veterinarians place a high priority on being available and responsive during a client’s time of need. We spend a lot of time counseling and supporting the client during the process of deciding when is the right time to euthanize. And we are ready and available to come to the home when it is time to proceed with the euthanasia. Because availability is so important, we are building teams of veterinarians in every city nationwide. Multiple Vets=Better Availability.
Referring to Pet Loss At Home is an option for veterinary clinics who understand the importance of home euthanasia but ocassionally struggle with availability. We are specialty mobile veterinarians who are quickly available. Our understanding veterinarians are passionate about the importance of private home euthanasia service. Each one is hand-selected and carefully trained by me, Dr. Karen Twyning, DVM, founder of Pet Loss At Home. I have +10 years of full-time home euthanasia experience and have helped over 3,000 families say goodbye in the comfort of home.
I’ve written two helpful booklets: one for pet owners and one for veterinarians. My immense amount of real-life, situational knowledge about home euthanasia is invaluable, thus I have dedicated the rest of my career to training veterinarians on how to counsel distressed pet owners about quality of life, signs of suffering, when to euthanize, and then when the time comes, how to perform home euthanasia gracefully. Email me and I will give you free info.
Some of My Missions…
- Encourage veterinarians to routinely offer & perform home euthanasia themselves or refer or both
- Educate veterinarians about pre-euthanasia counseling and home euthanasia techniques
- Spread the word to pet owners about the option of private pet euthanasia in the comfort of home
- Support pet owners with quality of life and signs of suffering information
- Help families with the decision for when to euthanize
- Provide effective grief support resources after pet loss
If you are a veterinarian interested in partnering with Pet Loss At Home to provide private pet euthanasia in the comfort of home, please Click here to submit your email address, city, and reasons why you would be a good match for us.Pet Loss At Home Click Here to Email Dr Karen Cell: 262—903—8012 EMAIL IS PREFERRED PLEASE 665 Maple Street Lake Geneva, WI 53147 FAX: 866—272—3596