Each pet and each family is unique, but many have the same concerns and questions as they approach the end of a pet’s life.
Dr. McReynolds understands that this is a deeply personal decision, and will move forward with euthanasia only if and when families are ready to do so.
Pets become important members of our families, and your relationship with your pet is a special one. Dr. McReynolds will examine your pet, ask questions, and offer options and recommendations to help guide you. Ultimately, the decision is yours, and only you can determine when it’s time. The presence of pain and suffering, and the lack of quality-of-life for your pet should be the main considerations. Normally, the pet owner and the pet’s regular veterinarian decide when euthanasia is appropriate. However, Dr. McReynolds can help you discuss timing and options if you need.
Because end-of-life health can be fragile, same day service can often be accommodated. However, 24-hours advanced scheduling is preferred. Please call 678-471-1001.
We work as per the scheduled appointment.
The cost for home euthanasia depends on the weight of the pet, distance traveled and time of day. Pricing can be discussed in detail with the doctor. Typically, fees start at $375.
Yes. According to the Veterinary Practice Act of Georgia, euthanasia must be performed by a licensed veterinarian or under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian. It is also important to have the skill of a licensed veterinarian in the rare event that complications occur.
The procedure is safe, humane and a kind thing to do when it is time. It and involves a series of two injections. The first injection, which goes either under the skin or in the vein, is a sedative combination of 3 drugs designed to induce a light plane of anesthesia so that the pet is peacefully resting and unaware of what is happening. In the second injection, the euthanasia agent is given in the vein and quickly stops the heart and respiration, usually within several seconds to a minute. Clippers may be used to shave the hair over the injection site so that the vein can be more easily seen. The entire process usually takes 15-30 minutes depending on how quickly the pet responds to the sedative.
The procedure is usually very gentle. Most pets are unaware of the first injection. Occasionally, a slight reaction to the first injection is encountered, as there may be a minor stinging sensation. Very occasionally, a mild excitement phase is encountered as the injection of the first drug is being absorbed. Rarely, adverse reactions to the combination of drugs occur with a prolonged excitement phase. If your pet has ever had reactions to sedatives or anesthetics, please let Dr. McReynolds know so that she can be prepared.
Most veterinarians in stationary practices do not perform home euthanasia because of time constraints and the need to be at their practice. Because saying goodbye is emotional, privacy is often a consideration. If your veterinarian is unable to help you at home, we are here.
You may choose either cremation or burial for your pet.
Cremation is the often preferred disposition, as it is clean, simple, affordable and environmentally sound. Dr. McReynolds can help you arrange for cremation service on the day your pet passes. When choosing cremation, the most important question to ask is, “Do I want my pet’s ashes back?” There are two types of cremation:
- Private/individual cremation: the pet is cremated alone for return of ashes.
- Community cremation: the pet is cremated with other pets and there is no return of remains.
For more information on cremation services, visit: Paws Whiskers and Wags, Your Pet Crematory or call 404-370-6000.
Most Georgia counties prohibit burial of domestic pets at home. You may want to check with your local municipality. If you desire to bury your pet, pet cemeteries are available for your consideration.