What will happen after I make the appointment for my pet?
After you have made your appointment, there is nothing left for you to do except love and be with your pet. We will take care of all details of the appointment so that you can focus on making sure your pet is comfortable. On the day of the appointment, feel free to feed your pet whatever he/she wants. This can certainly be a special meal that on other days would not be appropriate. Do not feed your pet anything special prior to that day, as it may upset his or her stomach.
Why are a veterinarian and technician necessary?
Sweet Dreams always sends a veterinarian and a technician to your home. This is very important and will make your experience much more peaceful. Though possible, it is often a challenge to perform procedures with one person and more stressful for your pet and for you to watch. This also completely eliminates the possibility of you having to help in any way. Having a technician allows complete control of each situation and allows you to be able to focus on loving your pet, and not worrying about what the veterinary team is doing.
Will I have a chance to talk with the veterinarian?
After introductions, the veterinarian and technician will be happy to address any of your questions or concerns. Any of your particular wishes for the appointment can be brought up at this or anytime throughout the appointment. Our staff is very knowledgeable and can answer any of your questions as they arise. It is important that you are comfortable with what is happing with your pet, so please ask us questions.
Will you sedate my pet prior to euthanasia?
Every pet will receive sedation/anesthesia prior to euthanasia. Since every pet is different, we have several different types of sedation and anesthesia so that we can choose the right protocol for your individual pet and situation. Pain medications are a part of our protocol as well, so your pet will be comfortable. Most of the time, sedation will help your pet to take a nap, though sometimes it just makes them very sleepy but awake. Either way, they are pain free and very comfortable in your arms.
How is the sedation given to my pet?
The sedation will be administered by an intramuscular injection. This injection can cause minor discomfort as any injection would, but the discomfort will only last moments and is completely gone by the time the injection is done. This will be the only momentary discomfort felt by your pet during the entire appointment.
Will you have to place an IV catheter in my dog?
Yes. After your dog is well sedated, we will need to place an IV catheter in his/her leg. This will not be uncomfortable since he/she will be sleeping from the sedation.
Will you have to place an IV catheter in my cat?
No. An IV catheter will only be attempted if you request it. Often times, our feline patients are very old and dehydrated making IV catheters very difficult and success may require several attempts with several legs. Even though your cat would be asleep, we would rather not stress you with that procedure. However, we will attempt an IV catheter in your cat if you would prefer. We prefer feline euthanasia’s using what is called an intra-peritoneal injection, which is an injection into the abdomen. This is only used when your cat is asleep from the anesthesia already provided. They do not feel this injection. In our experience, this injection is much more peaceful for you and your family. It is often just as quick as utilizing an IV catheter, but can sometimes take 5-10 minutes for your cat to pass. During this time, your cat is under anesthesia and does not feel pain or any discomfort. The injection merely causes your cat to pass in his/her sleep.
What will euthanasia be like for my pet?
Euthanasia means inducing the death of an animal in a humane and painless manor. The euthanasia drug that is used is a very common anesthetic agent, one that is used regularly in veterinary and human hospitals. If you have ever had surgery, you should remember the anesthesiologist asking you to count backwards from 10, then you drift off to sleep. This is exactly how your pet will feel. The only difference is euthanasia will use an extreme overdose of the anesthetic agent which will cause your pets heart to stop.
How long will it take my pet to pass after the injection is given?
Your pet will drift to sleep within seconds of starting the IV injection. He or she will pass within seconds after the injection is given. The veterinarian will listen to your pet after the euthanasia has been given and will let you know when your pet has passed, however you will likely already know.

Taking time to Grieve
Losing a pet can be similar to losing a family member.
It is not an easy thing to experience and grieving is necessary. Everyone is different in their grieving process and I encourage families to allow everyone in the family to grieve differently.

Take time to grieve the special relationship you had with your pet. Some people spend more time with their pet than extended family members and friends, so treat the loss accordingly.

One suggestion is to plant a flowering perennial in honor of your pet. Every spring, when the plant blooms, you can be reminded of your loved pet.
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