If you have determined that the time has come to say farewell to your friend and family member, Doorway to Heaven will be there to help make it as stress-free and peaceful as it possibly can be. We will take care of everything for you so all you need to have ready are tissues and love (and some favorite treats if your pet is still eating). The process is very simple and almost painless for your pet.
Dr. Vaino will go over the whole process with you verbally and make sure you don't have any questions before beginning. Once your family is as ready as can be, she will administer a heavy sedative injection. You are encouraged to hold, pet, feed, and generally love your pet during this time. This injection is the only part that your pet will feel and it is a mild pinch not dissimilar to getting a vaccine. Your pet will fall asleep over the course of five to ten minutes.
Once your pet is resting comfortably, you will be invited to again take as much time as you need in saying goodbye. The final injection is an overdose of anesthesia that will be given in one of your pet's legs. You may continue to hold, pet, or hug your pet during this time. This last injection will allow your pet to pass peacefully within a few moments.
If you and your pet are not quite ready for humane euthanasia, Doorway to Heaven can help your pet with “comfort care” in those last remaining days, weeks (or even months). It is important to remember that palliative care is not meant to diagnose or cure any ailment; rather, it is intended to keep your pet as comfortable as possible, even when you may have been told that “nothing more can be done.” Hospice care is especially popular for large-breed dogs who may not be able to get up and into the car without pain and discomfort, or for pets who become nervous, anxious or even frightened by traveling to the vet.
Dr. Vaino will examine your pet as well as his or her previous medical history, and come up with a plan to alleviate symptoms such as pain, nausea, inappetence, breathing problems, and other symptoms your pet may be experiencing. She will also evaluate your pet’s quality of life, and help guide you in making the final decision when it becomes time to do so. Before Dr. Vaino arrives, please collect your pet’s medical records, bloodwork, x-rays, and medication list, if available, so that she may review them and see what therapies may have already been tried, and what haven’t.