It is often helpful for the owner’s peace of mind to know what to expect when Dr. Coulter comes to their home to perform pet euthanasia. Before the appointment, we’ll request a medical history and answer any questions about the euthanasia process. If you have any special requests for the appointment, please share them with us in advance so that we’re able to accomodate to the best of our ability. When we arrive at your home, Dr. Coulter or Emily will ensure that any remaining paperwork is filled out and signed. They will walk you through the aftercare options that are available and accept payment. We structure our visit in this way to allow those present to focus on saying goodbye to their beloved companion. You can choose to complete the paperwork and payment in advance of the appointment as well.

Appointments are about one hour, but can be longer depending on the patient and the family or family member. The appointment will progress at a rate that everyone feels comfortable with, especially your pet. We believe strongly in freedom from fear and pain and that your final memories with your pet should be of them being calm and at peace. Depending on your pet, we may choose to provide them with a little sedation. The sedative is given with a small needle just under the skin and helps to put your pet at ease while providing pain relief. Once your pet has fallen into a deep sleep, an IV catheter is placed in the leg for administration of the final injections. This step is very quick and only takes a few seconds once the catheter is place. Dr. Coulter will then confirm that your pet has passed. At that point you are free to spend as much time as you would like with them.

Aftercare Services

If we are transporting your pet for aftercare, Dr. Coulter will give you some time alone with your pet and return with a gurney or blanket. You are welcome to accompany your pet out to the vehicle to give them one last hug. If you have requested a private cremation for your pet they will be transported to Pets Above crematorium, who will return the ashes in an urn of your choice in about one week.

Making It Personal

Prior to your appointment, consider the setting that would put your pet and yourself or family at ease. This place might be their bed, a favorite chair, or in the backyard under a well loved shade tree. We are comfortable where your pet is comfortable. Dr. Coulter has had final moments with her own pets on the back deck overlooking the fields and on her dog’s bed in front of a fireplace. We know this is a deeply personal choice. You can also consider music, candles, readings and other ways to mark the experience. These steps are not necessary, but some pet families find them comforting.

Should Children Be Part Of The Process?

Children have often been around their pet for most if not all of their lives. They’ve likely taken an active role in caring for this family member, especially as they’ve grown weaker with age. While illness and death are difficult topics to broach, pet euthanasia can provide opportunities to teach a child rich lessons about the cycle of life. We encourage you to consider each child’s temperament and your own ability to carefully prepare them as the time approaches when deciding whether you want them present at the euthanasia.

We offer in-home hospice and compassionate euthanasia services for pets

Heart With Wings provides in-home euthanasia services for pets in Barrie, Orillia, Innisfil, the Georgian Bay Region, Cottage Country and the surrounding areas.