A Peaceful Passage


"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
Thomas Campbell


Most pets are stressed by visits to the veterinarian’s office on the best of days. For animals who are ill, getting from the house to the car to the clinic can be painful, exhausting and frightening. In-home euthanasia allows your pet to pass away in the comfort and tranquility of your home, yard, or other favorite place.  You may choose to be with your pet or in a room nearby. A sedative allows your pet to fall asleep gently, in your arms if you wish, and then another injection is given which brings death in a gentle manner.

As you prepare for your pet's passing, you will need to consider your wishes for the final disposition of his or her body. Burial is an option in some localities; in others, there are ordinances prohibiting it altogether, or restrictions placed on the burial. It is important for public health reasons and for the health of wild life that these ordinances be followed. Aftercare provided by Pets at Peace involves transporting the body to the crematorium. Your animal will be wrapped in blankets along the way, and if you would like a to save a clipping of fur or a paw print, we can provide that as well. There are two cremation options. A private cremation means that your pet’s ashes will be returned to you; with a communal cremation, several animals are cremated at the same time, and the ashes are spread outside in gardens.

Sometimes it is very clear that an animal is ready to pass on, and other times it is not so easy to tell. As mentioned on the Quality of Life section on this site, animals are programmed to disguise their pain and suffering and are very adept at doing it. This Quality of Life Scale can help you assess how well your pet is doing, and this list of pain symptoms might help you determine if your pet is suffering silently. If you have questions and need assistance in any way, please call us for a free consultation. Dr Doffermyre and her staff understand how difficult this time is, and we are here to help with our compassion, our knowledge and  our experience.