Saying goodbye is never easy.
Our pets are our family, and we believe they deserve the option to pass peacefully and comfortably, surrounded by those they love at home. For this reason, GoodLife provides humane in-home euthanasia for dogs and cats.
Many people ask me (Dr. Katie) if euthanizing animals is the worst part of my job. In many cases – yes, this is a difficult service to provide, but it is also an honor and a privilege for me to take part in the last moments a family or person has with their pet. The decision to put down a pet is a very difficult one to make, and having been through it myself several times with my own animals, I understand the raw feelings that come with letting go of a beloved friend.
Being able to provide this service in the pet’s home is very important to me. The procedure is less stressful for both the owner and the pet, and time can be taken to discuss the process and spend time with the animal after the procedure.
Consultations can be made to discuss quality of life and make informed decisions about end of life care. Cremation services can also be arranged following the procedure.
How do I know it is time?
In many cases, owners just need to trust that they will know when it is time. There are many Quality of Life scoring resources online. Here is a trusted resource.
How do I make an appointment? How much time in advance is needed?
An appointment can be made by calling or texting Dr. Katie at 563-590-0145. I try to be flexible with scheduling as I know many times euthanasia appointments are hard to plan. I prefer euthanasia appointments to be my last stop of the day so that I am not rushed to get to other appointments. Evening and weekend euthanasia appointments are possible by scheduling ahead of time.
What do I need to do to prepare for the appointment?
Nothing special is needed for preparation.
Should my other pets and my children be present?
I think this question falls under the category of using your best discretion. The procedure itself is very peaceful, but certainly young children may not understand what is going on. I do believe that children should be given the chance to say goodbye to their pet, but parents know best in this situation.
How long does the appointment take?
Appointments typically take 30-45 minutes depending on the family.
How do I get my animal cremated?
I provide the option to take the pet with me following the procedure for private or communal cremation. If private cremation is elected, rest assured that you will receive only your pet’s ashes. Working with a crematory that I trust is very important to me, and I hold a very high standard for a pet’s aftercare. For more information on the crematory I use, visit this site.