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AT-HOME EUTHANASIA:

Planning, Procedure & Pricing

 

Planning Ahead

We hear pet parents say all the time, I want her to pass peacefully in her sleep.  

That is exactly what we strive to provide at Paws Finding Peace. 

In order to have a peaceful goodbye, you will likely need to do some planning.

We are very thankful for our friends in emergency veterinary medicine who provide 24-hour care when an emergency arises.  With end-of-life, most families want to avoid an emergency - which means you will need to

plan ahead.  

  • Think about who will want to be present - will they need to request time off of work?  

  • Will you need to get a babysitter? 

  • Who will want to come over beforehand and say goodbye - will you need to schedule around others? ​

  • When possible, it would be best to schedule at least 2 days in advance.

  • If this is not possible, will you be able to be flexible with timing or will you be willing/able to go to the emergency clinic if needed?

If you are visiting our website, then you are already starting to take steps to ensure your beloved companion has a gentle passing.  It is best to call us ahead of time to discuss how and when to schedule an appointment.  

You can fill out this form which will help us assist you.   

The Procedure

Most appointments start with a phone conversation.  

After you speak with a team member, we can schedule the at-home euthanasia appointment. Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment through the "schedule online" tab on the website and we will contact you to discuss the appointment timeframe and answer any questions you may have. 

What to expect: 

The veterinarian will first meet you outside to go over paperwork and payment.  If you are feeling ill, please make sure you have your mask on when you come out to greet the vet.  If anyone in the house is immunocompromised and/or you prefer mask-wearing, please let us know and Dr. Lauren or Dr. Calvin will wear their mask.  For the most up-to-date COVID procedures, see the "FAQ/COVID info" page on our website.   

Once you are ready, your pet will receive sedation.  This is generally involves two sedative injections for dogs and a single injection for cats and rabbits.  These drugs will cause him/her to go into a very deep sleep (a state of sedation or anesthesia).  During this time you can offer love and support: giving love, pets, kisses and verbal reassurance.  Once he/she is sedated, then the euthanasia drug is given.  Individual family members can stay for a little or as much of the procedure as they would like.  

Pricing

At-home euthanasia:

$ 300 (up to 15 lbs)

$ 350 (16 - 50 lbs)

$ 400 (51 -100 lbs)

$ 450 (101 - 150 lbs)

Over 150 lbs - call for availability

Weekend, urgent/same-day appointment and/or holiday fee (call for availablity): $100 - $250

 

Includes: house call visit, sedation (pharmaceuticals), euthanasia (pharmaceuticals and procedure) and

memorial clay paw print

Travel fees:

Towns with a blue paw on the map below have no travel fee.

Towns with a green paw on the map below have a $50 travel fee.

Towns with an orange paw on the map below have a $100 travel fee. 

Towns with a yellow paw on the map below have a $150 travel fee. 

Towns outside our travel map have a $150-250 travel fee (call for availability). 

 

 

*Communal Cremation (ashes are not returned)

up to 15 lbs: $100

16 - 50 lbs: $150

51 - 100 lbs: $200

101-150 lbs: $250

Over 150 lbs - call for pricing & availability 

*Private Cremation (ashes are returned to you)

up to 15 lbs: $200

16 - 50 lbs: $250

51 - 100 lbs: $300

101 - 150 lbs: $350

Over 150 lbs - call for pricing & availability 

Ashes can be at our office at 904 Meadow Street, Chicopee.  Ashes are usually ready for pick up in 7-10 days. 

Paws Finding Peace offers water-based cremation.  Ashes are returned in the Circle of Life wooden urn. When you pick up your beloved pet's ashes, their memorial products (clay paw print, lock of fur in keepsake glass jar and ink paw print) will be returned with their ashes. 

Cancellation policy:  Unfortunately, canceling an appointment means that your appointment slot was not available for another family with a pet in need.  We try to be as reasonable as possible with cancellations. We ask for 24 hours notice if possible if you plan to cancel your appointment.  If you plan to cancel your appointment but do not contact us to let us know then the appointment fee will need to be paid in full when we arrive at your house.   

We understand how difficult it is to say goodbye.  Guilt, anxiety and doubt are almost always part of the process.  

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