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Who can be present during the appointment (including other pets and children)?

This is a complicated and personal decision.  Some families choose to be with their pet as they are passing away.  Others choose not to witness that part.  Whatever choice you make, your pet will get the same loving and tender care from their doctor. 

It is important to consider all of the factors when deciding who should be present.  Our doctor welcomes families of all sizes and age ranges; however it is important to consider the well-being of the patient as well.  Some pets may feel stressed by young children or loud noises or crowds, which can lead to longer times to getting sleepy and possibly even needing additional injections.  These pets may do better in a room with 1 or 2 of the closest family members.  It is important that families remain as calm and quiet during the process as possible to avoid causing extra fear or stress to your pet.  

Other pets are also welcome to witness the euthanasia.  Again, it is important to consider if the other pets may excite or stress the patient.  It is also important to consider whether the other pet(s) presence will allow you to be present in your pet’s final moments. 

If you plan to have more than 2-3 people present or if you plan to have children or pets present, please let us know.  Our veterinarian will gladly talk through a plan to help ensure your pet’s passing is peaceful while still accommodating as much as possible.  Our veterinarian can also bring an art therapy kit upon request for children which includes a children’s book about euthanasia.