If you are looking for Raleigh dog euthanasia services, you have our sincere condolences during this ever so difficult time. Making the choice to say goodbye to a fur-child is a heartwrenching one, but as dog parents, it’s the final act of love that we can gift to our dogs to thank them for their lifetime of companionship and devotion.
As you think about making your appointment for Raleigh dog euthanasia services, we would like you to remember that it’s okay to be worried, it’s okay to be uncertain, it’s okay to be upset, and it’s okay to ask questions.
Here at Leesville Animal Hospital, many of our clients who have never had to make the decision to euthanize their pet before come to us with a lump in their throat and questions that they don’t want to ask. So, today, we would like to answer a few of those questions about our Raleigh dog euthanasia services so that you don’t have to choke back the tears while asking them.
Raleigh Dog Euthanasia Services: Questions You Want Answered But Don’t Want to Ask
Q: How will I know that it’s the right time to seek Raleigh dog euthanasia services?
A: Some pet parents say that they “just knew”, other pet parents say that they struggled with the decision and we can’t tell you which experience you will have, but we can give you a tool to help you to make a decision in much the same way a veterinary professional would – by looking at your dog’s current quality of life.
The quality of life scale (you can find a copy of this scale through the OSU veterinary website here) asks you to rate various aspects of your dog’s current situation from poor to good. At the end of the assessment, you should have an idea of what type of quality of life your dog currently has and this information will help you to make the right choice.
Ultimately, nothing and no one can make that final decision for you, but talking with family and looking over the quality of life scale can help you to make the right one.
Q: How much does dog euthanasia cost in Raleigh?
A: No one ever wants to ask this question because it seems in poor taste. Finances shouldn’t be a factor when it comes to saying goodbye to your four-legged friends, but unfortunately, for most of us, it is.
When it comes to pricing for dog euthanasia services, every state, every city, every clinic, has their own pricing structure. This structure varies depending on a number of other factors too, such as your dog’s size and the options that you choose for their final arrangements. You can view a copy of our final arrangement services pricing information here.
Q: What decisions do I have to make for my dog’s final arrangements?
A: We recommend that all of our clients consider their pets’ final arrangements prior to the time that they will be needed. Some of our clients even write them down and keep them on file with us so that they don’t have to give it another thought. Planning ahead like this is beneficial because, on the day of your dog’s euthanasia, you will have enough to think about and won’t want to spend time trying to decide on what you should or shouldn’t do for your dog’s final arrangements.
When planning ahead, there are a few decisions that you will need to make:
- Who will be present during the euthanasia process? We always recommend that at least one beloved family member be present to make your dog feel more at ease, but it’s up to you who of your family you would like to be with your dog at the time of their passing.
- Is there a day or time that you would like to pick for your dog’s euthanasia appointment if this is an option (in the case of urgency, this isn’t always something you can decide!)
- Do you want your pet’s cremains returned to you after their cremation? (There is no right or wrong answer to this question! Some pet parents feel more comfortable keeping their pet’s ashes nearby where others prefer to have them scattered in a place of remembrance.)
- Do you plan on (and is it permitted locally) burying your pet at home? If so, what size burial box do you need?
- Would you like a paw print keepsake from your dog?
- If you have your dog’s cremains returned to you, do you plan to scatter them somewhere of significance or would you prefer to keep them at home?
- If you have your dog’s cremains returned to you, do you want them returned in a wooden urn or would you prefer to provide your own urn?
Q: How long does euthanasia take?
A: As with most things, the answer to this question varies, but on average the complete appointment for your dog’s euthanasia services will take between 30 to 45 minutes. We never want you to feel rushed during this time, though, so if you need more time, please just let us know.
Q: What Happens During Euthanasia?
A: This is perhaps the most difficult question for pet parents to ask. During our Raleigh dog euthanasia appointments, your family will be shown to a quiet room where you can spend time with your dog. Your veterinarian will join you when you are ready and can answer any questions that you may have. When you decide that you are ready to say goodbye, your dog will be given an injection. This injection works like an overdose of anesthesia sends your dog to sleep. As you sit with your dog, their breathing will slow until it stops.
This is a gentle process of saying goodbye, but we certainly don’t expect you to hold your grief inside. Most of our pet parents shed tears as they say goodbye and you should know that our veterinary family does too.
Q: Does euthanasia hurt?
A: No. Your dog will feel no pain during their euthanasia.
Q: What happens after euthanasia?
A: What happens after your Raleigh dog euthanasia appointment will vary depending on the services that you have chosen. If you have chosen to have your pet cremated, you will leave your dog with us and we will arrange for the cremation service. Once your dog’s cremation is complete, your dog’s ashes may be scattered in a place of remembrance or if you choose, they will be returned to you.
Have More Questions About Raleigh Dog Euthanasia Services?
If you have more questions that you would like answered, our friendly family of associates are here to give you the answers you need. If you’d like to call us, you can reach us at (919)870-7000 or if you’d prefer to e-mail us, you can contact us directly through our website here.