An ill or aging pet can be a stressful situation for all involved. Taking that pet to a veterinarian’s office to be euthanized can add additional, unnecessary stress to the situation not only for the owner, but especially for the pet. For some, in-home euthanasia may be a better option for a variety of reasons.
Less Stress on the Family
An in-home euthanasia of a pet can help reduce stress for the family. Losing a pet can have a big impact, so traveling to and from the office can be stressful and difficult. This is especially true if the owners have chosen to do a private at-home burial of the animal, as bringing their pet home in its deceased state can be extremely stressful.
Less Stress on the Pet
Perhaps the biggest advantage of in-home pet euthanasia is the decreased stress on the pet. By being in its home environment, the animal will be less stressed overall and this can help with the euthanasia procedure for the veterinarian who is performing the task.
This practice acts as a virtual pain management for dogs where they can get immense relief from pain because even though they aren’t used to stress but still their heart is sensitive when it can’t bear too much pain which is why euthanasia is important and needs to be followed by all pet owners as it hasn’t been prevalent for a long time despite its necessity.
Sense of Relief
By euthanizing a pet at home, the owner may feel that they showed their pet one last act of kindness by allowing it to pass at home in a comfortable surrounding. Being euthanized at home not only reduces the stress to the animal, but gives the owner as sense of relief because they know they kept their pet at home, where he was most loved and that in some way, the pet surely knew that.
In-home pet euthanasia offers ultimate privacy for the family during a stressful time. many are unable to or unwilling to display grief in public, especially over a pet, due to fear of ridicule from strangers. An in-home euthanasia allows the owner to feel more comfortable and allows the owner to grieve as they see fit rather than worrying about what someone on the street might think when they see the owner grieving.
In-home euthanasia appointments typically occur outside of regular office hours. This allows the owner to choose a time that is most convenient, so that they are not at work or dealing with some other appointment or event following the euthanasia of their pet. Some veterinarians may even offer Friday evening or weekend appointments to help give the owner time to grieve before having to return to work on Monday.
Choosing in-home euthanasia has many benefits, but it is an extremely personal choice that the owner must make. Less stress on the pet and the family, combined with the privacy and convenience of an in-home euthanasia can help sway the owner in either direction when it comes to the difficult decision to euthanize a pet.