What is euthanasia?

Euthanasia is the act of humanely ending the life of a pet. The literal translation means “good-death” or “gentle-death”. Euthanasia is an irreversible life ending procedure commonly elected by owners when their pet is no longer experiencing a good quality of life.

How do I know when it’s time to euthanize my pet?

This is one of the most difficult, personal decisions faced by pet owners. Sometimes it’s obvious but often times it’s not so clear. Dr. Kirt can help you evaluate your pet’s quality of life and give you honest, straightforward answers to your questions. The final decision is up to you but generally when your pet is having more bad days than good days, it’s time to say goodbye.

What if I’m just not sure? Can you come to my pet and help me decide before I commit to scheduling for euthanasia?

Yes, of course. This is one of the main reasons that Dr. Kirt started this practice – to help people do what is best for their pets. After meeting with you and evaluating your pet, Dr. Kirt will give her professional opinion. She will spend as much time listening to your concerns and answering your questions as it takes to allow you to know you are making the best decision for your pet.

What can I expect when Dr. Kirt arrives to euthanize my pet?

Dr. Kirt will first meet with you and your pet. She will spend time addressing your questions and concerns. She will ask you to fill out some paperwork giving consent for the pet euthanasia services and to specify your aftercare wishes. It is generally easiest to then complete payment arrangements so you don’t have to struggle with this after your pet has passed away. Next, an injection will be given to relax your pet.  This injection will cause your pet to become deeply sedated in 5-10 minutes. After your pet is appropriately sedated, another injection is given in a vein which will end your pet’s life. Your pet will be unaware of this second injection. Dr. Kirt will confirm and then inform you of your pet’s death. You will be able to stay with your pet for the entire process.

What do I do with my pet’s remains?

You have several choices. The first is to bury the body in your yard. It is your responsibility to make sure you are in compliance with any local ordinances regarding the home burial. Alternatively, the remains can be transported to a facility for cremation. Home At Last recommends The Pet Cemetery of Tucson. You may also make arrangements for your pet’s cremation with your regular veterinarian. Upon request, Home At Last will transport your pet’s remains for cremation. Size and weight restrictions apply.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please contact Dr. Kirt by phone or email to schedule an appointment. If your situation is urgent, please use the phone. If you are asked to leave a message, please know that calls are returned promptly.

How much does your service cost?

Cost is based on your pet’s weight and your location. Please contact Dr. Kirt via phone or email for a specific price quote. There is an additional cost for transport of remains. Home At Last does not bill for any cremation or aftercare services. Payment arrangements for cremation are handled directly between you and the provider.

My pet passed away at home. Will you pick up the body?

No. But The Pet Cemetery of Tucson provides this important service.

Do you provide other services such as wellness exams and vaccines?

No. Home At Last only provides services related to end of life care.