​When Is It Time?

Deciding when is the right time is up to you. Your veterinarian may help you to understand the seriousness of the pet’s condition, but the decision of when to let go - is ultimately yours. Our pets communicate what they need throughout their lives. When it comes to their end of life, we must truly understand what our pet is trying to tell us. We must also trust what our own hearts are telling us. Focus on what is best for your pet’s comfort.


It is time to let go of our beloved pets when the pet’s quality of life is compromised.  

When the bad days outnumber the good days. 

If your pet does not eat, drink or sleep without shortness of breath. 

When your pet appears chronically uncomfortable or is appearing to have more pain than pleasure. If your pet is not aware of, or interested in what is going on around them​.


​Consider using our Quality of Life Evaluation

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Euthanasia is Considered For Many Reasons

Euthanasia is considered when your pet’s quality of life is severely compromised. Most often the process follows natural geriatric decline. In other cases euthanasia ends the suffering from critical illness or injury . Sometimes financial means becomes the determining factor and the owner may choose to halt further treatment. Also, intolerable furniture chewing, urinating in the house or aggression are all considerations for euthanasia. As pet owners we should not feel ashamed by the choices we make. Losing a pet, no matter what situation, can topple us into depression, anger, guilt or denial. These are all common normal experiences of grief. Eventually through all of that, you will be able to remember the good times you had with your pet. Grief won’t leave, but it should lessen - with time.


​Should the Pet Owner Attend the Final Moments With Their Pet?

Every owner is different and it’s your choice to be with your pet or not. With In-Home Euthanasia, you have several options: You may choose to sit with your pet throughout the procudure; You may choose to only be present for initial sedative when your pet will not be aware of your absence and will not experience anxiety; Some owners may choose to wait in the next room until after the euthanasia is performed. Some pet owners may request that they not be present - for this situation we generally recommend you take your pet into a veterinary facility. Although our team is willing to take your pet back to our office and perform the euthanasia in your abscence, we feel it causes unnecessary anxiety to your pet by transporting with strangers, to a strange place, without his/her family. 


We recommend that you have someone with you for emotional support during, and after the procedure. 


Should Children Attend?

Deciding who should attend the final moments with a beloved pet, is up to the entire family. Every child or other family member will respond differently. When we live with pets, chances are we will experience pet loss several times during our lifetimes. Often our own very first experience with death was when we were children, with the loss of a family pet. Children need to be told the truth about their pet’s death and dying. The misinformation about “putting their pet to sleep” will only confuse some children. Talk about the situation in an open straightforward manner. Or you may choose instead, to include the children in a private family ceremony after the euthanasia. 


The Process of Euthanasia

Euthanasia is painless and rapid, peaceful and humane. Our veterinarians often administer sedation before the final injection. As the life leaves your pet, muscles relax with flickers and small twitches. Sometimes your pet may gasp. Your pet’s eyes may not close. Bowels and bladder may empty. When those external reactions occur, your pet is not suffering. Your pet is already gone. This is a difficult time for you and we take great care to reduce the stress as much as possible.


What Will Happen to My Pet After Euthanasia?

We Offer Several Choices for the Aftercare of Your Pet.

1. Cremation: Your pet is carefully cremated and the ashes are spread on a rural private property.

2. Cremation With Ash Retrieval: Your pet is carefully cremated and the ashes are returned to you in beautifully finished and sealed wooden box or metal tin. 

3. Burial: Your pet is properly buried in a pet cemetery (pet owner is responsible for arrangements).

4. Personal Option: Dependent on local laws, you may bury your pet on your personal private property. 


Dealing With The Grief

Losing a Pet is Heartbreaking. Grief is always difficult and everyone responds differently. It is important to take care of yourself during this time of pet loss. Cry. Talk to people and take time to reflect and to grieve. Close friends and family may not fully understand your pet loss. They may not value how attached you are to your dog or cat. The bond between you and your pet may be intensely strong and lasting. It is your pet and only you know how strong the bond is between you.

Many people find comfort reading books, articles and internet pages centered around pet loss and dealing with grief. 

  PRICING:


  In-Home Euthanasia:    

  1-25 lbs .................................. $150

  26-50 lbs ................................ $200

  51-75 lbs ................................. $250

  76-100 lbs .............................. $300

  > 100 lbs ................................ $350


  Cremation (without ashes returned)

  1-25 lbs .................................. $50

  26-50 lbs ............................... $65

  51-75 lbs ................................ $80

  76-100 lbs ............................. $ 95

  > 100 lbs ............................... $115


  Cremation (with ashes returned)

  1-25 lbs ................................. $100

  25-50 lbs .............................. $130

  51-75 lbs ............................... $160

  76-100 lbs ............................ $180

  > 100 lbs .............................. $200


  After hours euthanasia requests will

  be charged an additional $100. 


  *Ashes are returned in a decorative

  tin like the one below. Other urns are

  available for additional costs. 






​Our euthanasia services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; however, additional charges will be assessed after regular business hours. 

If you have any questions regarding our services, prices, or need guidance/advice, please reach out to a member of our medical team at (614) 312-6683 or email info@columbusvetcare.net.

When evaluating quality of life, personalized patient and client information is needed to reach an educated, informed, and supported choice that fits not only the pet’s medical condition but also the family’s wishes. In short, quality of life applies not only to the pet; it also applies to the family.

This information will help you reach an educated and informed decision regarding both the pet’s and the family’s quality of life when considering euthanasia. 

In-Home Euthanasia

Columbus VetCare

(614) 312-6683

Fax: (614) 308-8381

Quality Of Life