pReparing for the at-home ViSit (before and after the procedUre)
How to Prepare for the Euthanasia process:
- The owner of the pet must be present for consent. There must be someone over the age of 18 in the home. If you are the owner and you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent/legal guardian present.
- If your pet has recently been bitten by another animal including a raccoon, skunk, bat, fox, coyote or another animal, or if a human or another animal has been bitten BY your pet, please inform us prior to our visit. In the event that your pet has been bitten by another animal or your pet has bitten another animal/human, we will require documentation of a current Rabies vaccine (Rabies Certificate or medical records/invoices from your veterinarian) prior to our arrival. We are in strict compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources in regards to Rabies Laws and Regulation. If you have any questions into the protocols that are required by the state, please visit mass.gov Health and Human Services subcategory Rabies Control Plan.
- Make sure all pets in the household are contained or put in a separate room/outside prior to our arrival. This of course does not apply to the pet that is being put to sleep.
- Please choose a room that is well lit and can comfortably accommodate the number of people you anticipate being present. This will include Dr. Holt, a technician and your pet plus any family members you would like in the room.
- Please have a large blanket/towel ready for your pet. The blanket needs to be in direct contact with the pet underneath. This blanket must be durable enough to lift and transport your pet to the vehicle. We will provide a gurney for large pets. You may place any bedding underneath the blanket/towel. You may choose to keep the blanket/towel after your pet is transported to the vehicle for care of remains. If you wish to donate the blanket/towel, it will be given to MSPCA Angell in Boston for sheltered pets. We do not re-use blankets so if you are unable to provide a large blanket/towel please inform us prior to our visit. There will be an additional charge for the cost of a blanket/towel.
- Please have your method of payment ready. We do not accept checks unless discussed prior to the appointment.
- If your pet needs to be muzzled or sedated prior to our entry, please inform us so that we may provide you with the appropriate forms of restraint. You do not need to provide a muzzle unless you have one that you prefer. (Euthanasia is a very humane and painless process but we do need access to one of the veins for effective administration of any drugs to be administered. We will be in very close proximity to your pet so if they are territorial or protective, ensuring that they are appropriately restrained will ensure the safety of both the doctor and technician as well as your pet. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We want to make this process as smooth as possible so we encourage questions. You are the advocate for your pet since he/she cannot speak for himself/herself. The more information we have, the smoother this process will be for both your pet and your family).
- We will coordinate and arrange the care of remains if you wish to have your pet cremated. If you decide you would like to arrange for a different method for care of remains, you will be responsible for making arrangements yourself. Please refer to your city’s ordinance on at-home burial of pets. We are not responsible for your pet’s remains if you decide to personally dispose of the remains.
- We appreciate your cooperation during this difficult time. We deeply care for the well-being of your pet as well as your satisfaction with our services. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Home Burial Instructions:
- Please go to Mass.gov to double check any rules and regulations in regards to any town ordnances on at-home burial of pets. You may be permitted to bury your pet in your yard, even within city limits, provided you own the property, or have permission from the owner of the private property.
- If you are unable to bury your pet within a few hours of their passing, it is advisable to keep the body in a cold storage area like a refrigerator or freezer.
- It is recommended to dig the hole at least 4 feet deep, but also 4 feet above the ground water table, and cover with at least 4 feet of earth.
- Avoid rocky areas and tree roots
- Maintain a 100-foot separation from wells or waterways
- Also be aware of any buried water, gas or power lines.
- Do not bury in a low-lying area, gully, or ditch that is prone to flooding
- You can bury your pet wrapped in a natural fiber blanket, cardboard or wooden box. Avoid synthetic fibers and plastic bags.
- For added protection from wild animals, you may choose to cover the burial spot with rocks.
- We are not responsible for the remains of your pet if you decide to bury him/her at home.
- if you have any questions about the home burial process please call (508) 375-1234 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org