Pet End-Of-Life Services
Learn more about our pet end-of-life services below.
Pet End-Of-Life Services
Gentle At-Home Euthanasia
We’re here for you and your pet when it comes to saying goodbye. Bryan Animal Clinic wants you and your pet to have a peaceful experience when it comes to saying goodbye. We offer in-home euthanasia that is preferred by those who want a stress-free and quiet environment for their furry companion.
If you ask any of our doctors, we will tell you that discussing when to say goodbye is the most important conversation a veterinarian ever has with the families that call upon us for help. Empathy, openness, non-judgementalism, and compassion are the heart of what we do. Talking about death is a skill and it is a privilege to walk families through that conversation.
“At some point, we move from ensuring a quality of life to ensuring a quality of death.”
– Dr. Mary Gardner
Why do we do this?
Because it is an honor to be there with you.
Why do we choose in-home euthanasia?
Because it is what we would choose for our own pets.
“The greatest gift we can give our pets is the relief of pain and suffering;
and the greatest gift we can give the families that call us is the release of guilt.”
– Dr. Dani McVety
What To Expect
The word “euthanasia” literally means “good death.” And as the only medical professional licensed to perform this most important gift, we take the utmost pride in the technical, medical, and soft skills associated with ending the life of a beloved family member.
At-home euthanasia services include:
- A discussion with you about your concerns, thoughts, or questions surrounding euthanasia.
- Mild sedation to help ease any discomfort; you deserve one last memory of your pet calm and comfortable.
- Euthanasia, the final gift.
- Memorial keepsakes to help mend the broken heart.
- Clay paw print (made at your home)
- Transportation for cremation, if elected (inquire about additional pricing for these services). We have partnered with Live Oak Pet Services Memorialization & Cremation and Pet Legacies by Callaway-Jones to make sure your pets remains are cared for in a professional, compassionate and timely manner.
The entire procedure will be explained once the veterinarian arrives, according to your interest level and comfort. Feel free to ask questions if needed. Everything will be done at the pace you and your pet dictate.
The actual procedure is quite simple and peaceful: except under extreme or emergent circumstances, a sedation injection is given to ensure your pet is comfortable. Once you and your pet are ready, the final euthanasia medication is given, usually in a vein. It works very rapidly, only seconds in most cases. The veterinarian will then confirm that your pet has passed on.
After, you may continue to spend as much time as you need. A paw print will be made when you are ready, if you wish. If we are handling transportation for cremation, the doctor will excuse herself/himself for a few minutes to give you time alone, then return with a small basket or flat stretcher and soft blanket to transport your pet to the car.
Information on how and when your pet’s ashes will be ready to come home will be discussed by the doctor in detail. Additionally, information on where your local crematory spreads communal ashes or how to bury your pet properly at home is available.
How do I make an appointment?
You may call us at 979-822-5953 to request an appointment.
How much notice do you need?
Just like birth, death is difficult to predict; we are used to short notice and same-day appointments. Of course, the most notice you can give us, the best chance we have of working around your schedule and ours. Remember that we want to make the process as peaceful as possible. Just ask any clinician that’s ever worked in a veterinary ER; emergency euthanasias are not always the most peaceful.
What do I need to do to prepare?
There is nothing specific you need to do to prepare, we will handle everything for you.
Should my other pets be there?
If you want your other pets to be there, absolutely. If rambunctious puppies or fearful kitties need to wait in another room until their brother or sister has passed, that’s ok too, they can say goodbye when the doctor steps out. Yes, pets grieve too; they grieve in their own way, and in-home care allows housemates to instinctually “know” what has happened. Animals seem to understand this circle of life better than humans do!
What about my children, should they be there?
This is a very personal and family-centered decision. As veterinarians, many of us have human children as well and are more than happy to share our experiences if you wish. For more information on this topic, please see our article on Children & Pet Euthanasia.
Remember that the decision to say goodbye is not something you must do on your own. Yes, some families will see the “look in their eye” or simply “know when it’s time,” but many of you will not, it will be much more unclear.
You don’t have to do this alone. As veterinarians, we have dedicated our lives to helping pets and the people that love them, so reach out whenever you are ready to learn more, not just when it’s time.