A growing number of veterinarians are offering at-home euthanasia for beloved dogs so they can be surrounded by their loved ones in their final moments. Although the service can cost anywhere between $200 and $500 more than bringing a dog in to a clinic, it provides loved ones with an option that they may wish consider.
Would you have your dog euthanized at home if you had the option?
It made sense for Heather Van Pelt in Edmonton, Alberta. She said goodbye to her two-and-a half year old miniature schnauzer, Bob. Bob got lymphoma very young and towards the end of his life started to associate trips to the clinic with pain.
"He was so sick at the end,” van Pelt told the Edmonton Journal. “His trips to the vet weren't fun, and I didn’t want his last trip to be like that. And he was so close to Kuma [her 8 year old Husky mix]; I wanted her to be there because I'd heard second dogs always keep looking for their buddies if they don't know what's happened to them. I mean, who knows what goes on in their minds? I just wanted her to be there."
So the vet came over, and administered the injection as Bob lay on the comfortably on the couch. "It was very, very quick and very peaceful," said van Pelt. He died peacefully at home with Pelt's family and Kuma by his side.
After Bob drew his last breath, Kuma picked up one of her favorite squeaky toys in her mouth, walked over to the couch and placed it next to her friend on the couch.
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