May 27, 2009

At-home pet euthanasia a growing trend

A growing number of U.S. residents are choosing to have veterinarians come to their homes to perform euthanasia procedures on their pets, experts say.

Veterinarian Ann Brandenburg-Schroeder, who offers such services in Colorado, said home euthanasia veterinarians are appearing throughout the United States as pet owners search for comforting ways to bid their animals goodbye, USA Today said Wednesday.

Most of us would like to die at home, Brandenburg-Schroeder said of the veterinarian trend. Animals are no different.

Fellow Colorado veterinarian Jodi Freifeld agreed while home euthanasia procedures may cost extra, typically at least 30 percent more than a veterinarian office procedure, they provide added comfort to pet owners.

It is a very stressful time for pet owners, Freifeld told USA Today, and the knowledge that they don't have to be concerned with transporting their pet when it may be in pain is worth the additional cost.

USA Today said the at-home procedures typically involve a veterinarian injecting the pet with a fatal injection under specific circumstances decided upon by the animal's owner.