Euthanasia means "good death" and we are privileged to be able to provide a good death to our pets to save them from pain and suffering. When it's time to say goodbye to your pet Dr. Aja will come to your house and help your pet pass with dignity in your own home.
If you aren't sure if it's time for euthanasia Dr. Aja can come to your house and consult with you about the prognosis, the possibility of doing hospice and palliative care and can help you make the difficult decision. During an in-home euthanasia Dr. Aja will first sedate your pet to relieve any pain and will then administer an overdose of an anesthetic so the pet goes into a deep sleep, unconsciousness and then passes peacefully. You can choose to be with your pet for any or all parts of this process. Afterwards you can choose to do a home burial, use a cremation service or use a pet cemetery service. Dr. Aja will discuss all of your options with you prior to making the decision. These services aren't just for dogs and cats, but for all veterinary species.
There are many resources online and in person to help with all parts of the end of life process.This website has many good resources and links: www.pet-loss.net. There are Pet Loss Counselors like Mimi Handlin, her website is healingpetgrief.com. There's also a Pet Loss Hotline at Washington State University that you can email or call and they have links to some Pet Loss forums as well. http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/outreach/pet-loss-hotline. There are in person support groups that meet in the Seattle and Tacoma areas as well: http://aplb.org/support/support_groups/washington.html.