After your pet has passed: If Dr. Atkins is taking your pet for cremation, she will transport your pet to her car. Smaller pets will be carried to her vehicle in her basket or a blanket. Larger pets will be secured to a stretcher and carried to her car. For large dogs (over 70 lbs) you may need to have multiple people ready to help move the stretcher. (This is usually discussed on the phone during our initial phone conversation).
If you chose private cremation, your pet’s ashes will be returned to your regular veterinarian. For those who do not have a regular vet, Dr. Atkins will discuss your options when she is at your home (delivery by mail for a fee or meet Dr. Atkins in Holyoke for pick up).
If you choose to keep your pet with you for a home burial, we ask that you follow your town’s regulations and/or at least a 3-4 foot grave. The drugs that are used for euthanasia are very dangerous to other animals, most families also put stone or gravel over the gravesite to prevent digging.