Serenity Vet Services

FAQ's

Commonly Asked Questions

As your pet ages, making it into the clinic can become more and more of a challenge – both physically and with an increased level of stress on your pet. All pets and breeds are different when it comes to their last stage of life. When you and your veterinarian determine that in-clinic care is no longer the best option for your pet, and expensive bloodwork and testing is no longer necessary, there are still in-home options for pain management and palliative care that enhances the quality of life for your pet and allows for more affordable treatment options for you, the pet parent. 

We understand that this is a difficult time, and we are here to support you throughout the process. Sometimes pet’s decline rapidly and make it clear that it is time. Other times, it may seem ambiguous. During our virtual consultation, our veterinarian will provide all options available to you, along with Quality of Life signs to keep an eye on, but ultimately, it is your decision.

The first step with Serenity Veterinary Services is always a virtual consultation. There is an upfront $45 deposit that is collected at the time of the consultation, but this deposit will be credited towards any future services. 

During your virtual consultation, we talk about options of hospice care, in-home euthanasia and aftercare options. 

When you decide it is time to put your pet to rest, you may find it helpful to do any of the following: 

  • Prepare a special treat for your pet; this can be an old-standby favorite or perhaps a “forbidden” food like chocolate chip cookies or a cheeseburger! 
  • Think about what background noise you would like during the appointment – perhaps a certain genre or artist, a curated spotify playlist, or just silence. 
  • Video call with family members who can’t be present to give them a chance to say goodbye. 
  • Prepare an area with your pet’s favorite bed and blankets.
  • When thinking about a preferred location for the appointment within your home, consider accessibility, especially if you have a large dog. 
  • Reminisce about special times together. Write a note to your pet to be cremated alongside them. 
  • Make and complete a bucket list.

Our veterinarian will arrive at your home wearing either scrubs or plain clothes (never a white coat, because some pets have learned that white coat means shots, which causes anxiety.). 

While we say hello to your dog or cat and give them a chance to get comfortable with us, we’ll review the entire home euthanasia process, confirm aftercare options, have you sign a consent form, and collect any remaining payment.

After your pet has passed, your family will have time alone to say goodbye. Aftercare arrangements will take place based on your specific requests. 

The initial virtual consultation takes roughly 20-30 minutes.

The first visit for in-home hospice care can take up to an hour, depending on your pet’s specific needs. In most cases, any prescriptions needed can be filled at your local pharmacy the same day. 

In-home euthanasia appointments take between 30-40 minutes, but every appointment is scheduled for one hour to give your family ample time with your pet. 

You know your child best. Many children can handle seeing a pet euthanasia, especially a pet euthanasia at home where the child can come and go as desired by the child. Sometimes, seeing the process can actually help them to understand what has happened. We defer to parents when making this decision. 

If you feel it would be best for your family to not have children present during the appointment, consider having a memorial service or even a wake afterwards. If you want to keep your pet’s body at home for viewing, but do want cremation, we can arrange to have a local pet crematorium come to you (price depends on pet size and your location).

Here is a wonderful resource for parents and caregivers on dealing with pet euthanasia. It has specific information for children ranging from babies to young adults: http://www.veterinarywisdom.com/kids-and-grief

Other pets can be present if they are not aggressive or disruptive. Often, other pets are curious about new people in their home and can draw attention away from the pet that we want to focus on. If you choose to put away your other pet(s) during the appointment, they can say their goodbye’s when the veterinarian steps out of the home after your pet has passed.

Yes. As long as you let us know ahead of time, we can make a safe and low stress plan to help your companion pass peacefully at home. Please let us know when scheduling if you anticipate your pet needing some extra help being comfortable being handled by a stranger.

We love to partner with local animal hospitals. If you wish, you can supply any records you may have to allow us to get a good history on the progress of your pet. If you elect to have hospice care, a visit/consult summary will be relayed to your existing veterinarian to ensure everyone is on the same page. When time comes to say goodbye, we will communicate your pet’s passing to your veterinarian. Ashes can also be picked up at your veterinarian’s office.