Pet euthanasia is performed
call (530) 770-7771 to make an
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What is euthanasia?
The term euthanasia means "good
death" and is a way to help an
animal die peacefully and pain
free. Having helped many pets
who were suffering from cancer,
chronic pain, or serious
illness, Dr. Clark is a firm
believer that euthanasia is the
final and most caring gift we
can give our animals.
2. Why is in-home euthanasia
euthanasia is often less
stressful for your pet. There
are no waiting rooms, no
strangers and no odd
smells. Pets simply fall asleep
in the comfort of their favorite
spot surrounded by familiar
objects and loved people.
calm and warmth surrounding an
in-home euthanasia allows for
gentle and soothing closure.
3. What does euthanasia entail?
When Dr. Clark comes to your
house, she will perform a brief
physical exam on your pet. If
your pet is ready to be
euthanized, Dr. Clark will then
administer a strong sedative.
Once he or she is asleep and not
feeling any pain,
Dr. Clark will
inject very strong pain
medication directly into a vein.
This lets your pet drift away in
a very relaxed and happy state.
4. When are appointments available?
Appointments are available 7 days a week.
call (530) 770-7771 to make an
Unless prior arrangements have
been made, dogs and cats who are
suffering or fall ill between 8pm and 6am should be taken to
an emergency veterinary
5. Why make an appointment to euthanize my pet?
Unless there's a tragic event, planning a
euthanasia prevents people from
feeling like they've rushed into
It allows the whole
family to participate in the
decision making process and
prepare for what's to come.
To make an appointment please
call (530) 770-7771.
6. Can my children be present?
Calm, well behaved children are welcome to be
present if you'd like, but if
they are making the pet too
excited, Dr. Clark may request
that they leave. If you would
like for Dr. Clark to use words
like heaven or reincarnation,
please let Dr. Clark know so that
she can make you all
7. What if I'm not sure that my pet is ready? Is
hospice care available?
Dr. Clark is happy to talk with you over the
(530) 771-7770 to discuss your animal's
quality of life and whether it
may be time for him or her to be
euthanized. Many people also
request an in-home consultation
to evaluate the pet and see if
there is anything else that may
increase your pet's comfort.
Together, Dr. Clark and your
family can work on maintaining a
pain-free life until your pet
begins to have more bad days
than good ones.
8. What animals do you euthanize at home?
Dogs, cats, pocket pets (like hamsters),
reptiles, and livestock. Dr.
Clark does not euthanize
9. What if my cat or dog is very aggressive?
State law dictates that veterinarians cannot
euthanize a dog or cat who has
bitten a person in the past 15
days. Otherwise, Dr. Clark is
able to safely sedate a pet
before euthanizing him or her.
10. What do I do with my pet's body?
If your county allows it, you are welcome to
bury your pet in your yard.
Please make sure he or she is
over one foot deep to prevent
wildlife from digging up your pet. Your animal cannot be
left above ground because the
drugs used are toxic to
If you do not wish to bury your pet,
cremation is also available. You
may take your pet to a
crematorium or Dr. Clark can
arrange to have him or her
delivered. Cremation fees vary
on the size of the pet and
whether or not you would like
the ashes returned.
11. What do you charge?
A house-call fee is charged according to how
far from Placerville you live.
The fee for the euthanasia
depends on how large your pet is.
A 10 pound Yorkshire terrier
requires less drug than a 150
pound goat. Crematoria establish
their own fees. Please feel free
to call, and Dr. Clark will give
you an estimate. It is easier to
take care of payment via check
or cash before the euthanasia.
This allows your family time to
grieve without interference.
12. A friend's dog barked after it was euthanized.
Sometimes a barking sound occurs as the air in
a dog's lungs escapes after
death. Some animals also sigh,
stretch or move their feet. This
is a normal reflex. Yyour pet is
not awake or feeling any pain.
Dr. Clark will confirm that your
pet is deceased before she
13. Will you euthanize my pet in his
favorite spot outside?
Dr. Clark is happy to work with
you and your pet in the living
room, outside in the yard or in
another soothing and safe place.
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Clark by calling (530) 771-7770, sending
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