FAQs

What is the procedure? What should I expect? How long does it take?

I will go over the procedure in detail when I arrive at your home so that you are fully aware of everything that will happen. The procedure is the same that would happen in the veterinary clinic, we are just in the comfort and privacy of your own home. I do provide a sedative first to all pets.

I bring all the medical supplies that I need.  One thing you may want to consider having on hand is an old towel or blanket (after the procedure, your pet may lose it’s bladder). I can work wherever you and your pet are most comfortable (all I require is light to work by).

There is no set time frame. I do my best not to rush anyone. The procedure itself can take varying amounts of time, because the sedative can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes to take complete effect. I am with families anywhere from 20-90 minutes.

I recently had a client who wished to photograph the procedure. He and his family have graciously offered to share the photos with me so that families can use Nacho’s experience if they want to know in advance what to expect. Please click here to see the photos.

Do I have to schedule in advance? How much notice do you need?

Most families call me the day they need me.  In most cases, I can arrange to help families either the day they call or the next day.  You are also welcome to make an appointment for a future date.

What parts of Massachusetts & Rhode Island do you travel to?

I am willing to travel to all of MA and RI. As of now, I have helped families from Amesbury to Provincetown, Boston to Springfield and as far south as Charlestown, RI.

You may use the map below to find your travel fee.

Is this all you do?

Yes, currently I only provide end of life care and euthanasia services. I find I can be much more flexible with scheduling if I am not providing full-service care.

Are you a veterinarian? What is your experience?

Yes, I am a veterinarian, licensed in MA and RI. Because the drugs we use for euthanasia are controlled substances, only a licensed veterinarian can perform this service.

After graduation in 2006, I spent 4 years in general practice. I spent another 2½ years working in spay/neuter clinics and shelters before starting In-Home Euthanasia.

Can you do a paw print?

I do not currently offer paw prints. If you would like to make a print on your own, here is a YouTube video on how to do it.

If you want to buy a ready to use kit, this kit is the best one I have used. It is available at Amazon and Michaels craft stores.

Additionally, Forget-Me-Not can provide your family with either an ink or a clay paw print for an additional charge.

What happens after?

This is a very individual decision. Some families want to make their own arrangements, whether that is for burial or cremation. If you can’t or don’t wish to make your own arrangements, I can help with cremation arrangements.
I will transport the remains to Forget-Me-Not Pet Crematory and handle all the details for you. (I do work alone, so if you have a larger dog, I will need assistance getting them out to my vehicle after the procedure.) All details for prices and options for cremation are available on the Services page

Is there anything I can do ahead of time?

I have a consult form that must be filled out by the owner before an euthanasia can take place. While I usually have families complete paperwork before the procedure, if you would like to download the consent form and fill it out in advance, you can do so here.