Transitions Home Euthanasia Services

By: Transitions Home Euthanasia  09-12-2011
Keywords: pet, veterinarian, cremation

Q | How do I decide when it is time to euthanize my pet?
A | Pets become important members of our families, and your relationship with your pet is a special one. Ultimately, the decision is yours, and only you can determine when its time. The presence of pain and suffering, and the lack of quality-of-life for your pet should be the main considerations. Normally, the pet owner and the pet’s regular veterinarian decide when euthanasia is appropriate. However, we are here to help you discuss timing and options if you need us.

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| How does one schedule an appointment?


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| Because end-of-life health can be fragile, same day service can often be accommodated. However,

24-hours advanced scheduling is preferred. We are just a phone call away: 404-522-1001.

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| What hours do you work?


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| Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm and Saturday 9 am – 12 Noon. Special arrangements can be made outside of regular hours for an additional fee.

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| How much does it cost?


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| The cost for home euthanasia depends on the weight of the pet, distance traveled and time of day. Pricing can be discussed in detail with the doctor.

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| How does the procedure work and what should I expect?


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| The procedure is safe, humane and a kind thing to do when it is time. It and involves a series of two injections. The first injection, which goes either under the skin or in the vein, is a sedative combination of 3 drugs designed to induce a light plane of anesthesia so that the pet is peacefully resting and unaware of what is happening. In the second injection, the euthanasia agent is given in the vein and quickly stops the heart and respiration, usually within several seconds to a minute. Clippers may be used to shave the hair over the injection site so that the vein can be more easily seen. The entire process usually takes 15-30 minutes depending on how quickly the pet responds to the sedative.

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| How do pets respond?


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| The procedure is usually very gentle. Most pets are unaware of the first injection. Occasionally, a slight reaction to the first injection is encountered, as there may be a minor stinging sensation. Very occasionally, a mild excitement phase is encountered as the injection of the first drug is being absorbed. Rarely, adverse reactions to the combination of drugs occur with a prolonged excitement phase. If your pet has ever had reactions to sedatives or anesthetics, please let us know so that we may be prepared.

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| Is a licensed veterinarian required to perform euthanasia?


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| Yes. According to the Veterinary Practice Act of Georgia, only a licensed veterinarian can perform euthanasia of an animal. It is also important to have the skill of a licensed veterinarian in the rare event that complications occur.

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| Why choose Transitions Home Euthanasia over going to my regular veterinarian?


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| Most veterinarians in stationary practices do not perform home euthanasia because of time constrains and the need to be at their practice. Because saying goodbye is emotional, privacy is often a consideration. If your veterinarian is unable to help you at home, we are here.

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| What do I do with my pet after they pass?


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| You may choose either cremation or burial for your pet.

Cremation

Cremation is the often preferred disposition. It is clean, simple, affordable and good for the environment. We can help you arrange for cremation service on the day your pet passes. When choosing cremation, the most important question to ask is, “Do I want my pet’s ashes back?" There are two types of cremation:

  • Private/individual cremation: the pet is cremated alone for return of ashes.
  • Community cremation: the pet is cremated with other pets and there is no return of remains.

Burial

Most Georgia counties prohibit burial of domestic pets at home. You may want to check with your local municipality. If you desire to bury your pet, there are pet cemeteries available for your consideration.

Keywords: cremation, Licensed Veterinarian, pet, veterinarian,

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