Through tears and sniffles she asks me, “Do I need to do anything or prepare for our appointment?”
“No,” I reply. “Just give your boy lots of love and care in the meantime.”
Here at Unleashed with Grace, we do not want you to worry about anything regarding your home euthanasia appointment. We will take care of all the details and talk you through the process. However, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding preparation:
Where should we do it? Pick a room or a spot outside where you and your pet are most comfortable. I am always flexible about doing it wherever they want. Even if that means being in a tight corner or in a dimly lit room. I come prepared with things like flashlights to help if needed.
Do I need a blanket? You can lay out your pet’s favorite bed or blanket, but you do NOT have to. I come prepared with blankets and even potty pads. When a pet passes, they can express their bladder which can become a problem if you want to hold your pet or have them pass away on your furniture. I bring potty pads to help protect you and your home from any soiling.
Will I be able to hold my pet? YES! I will help position your pet so that you can still snuggle with them if you wish, and I can still have access to the area I need.
Should I make a paw print beforehand? I make a paw print at each visit for you to keep. However, if you have your own kit or other memorialization products you want to make, it is easiest to do those after the pet has passed. You can try to do them before, but some pets do not cooperate very well when you try to place their paw in clay. I don’t mind helping you with them when your pet is sedated or has passed.
Can I feed my pet beforehand? YES! If your pet is still interested in food, feel free to feed them whatever they want hours prior to my arrival. You can even reach for things like chocolate, McDonalds, bacon, ice cream, even steak! Just remember that their stomach is smaller than ours, so don’t overdue to quantity.
How will we move the pet after he has passed? For smaller pets I have blankets and nice baskets that I transport them in. For larger pets, I have blankets and a stretcher. For pet’s over 40 pounds, I will need one person to help transport the stretcher with me to my car.
The most IMPORTANT thing you can do to prepare is to spoil your furry family member!! Spend lots of time with them and give them lots of love! I will help you through the process and take care of everything along the way. And remember that you are honoring the bond you share with your pet by giving them a graceful and dignified passing.