Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know when the time is right?
You know your pet well, so you are in the best position to observe severe changes in activity, voluntary control of movement, and mentation. Changes include severe weight loss, prolonged inappetence, prolonged inactivity, severe pain, difficulty breathing, difficulty in movement and coordination, and incontinence. If your pet has been seen previously by a veterinarian but its condition has not been responding to directed interventions like surgery and medication, euthanasia is also an option to alleviate any suffering and distress. You would have to be sure that euthanasia is the best option for your pet prior to my arrival, upon which you sign a service contract form.
What do I expect during my pet's peaceful passing?
An anesthetic will be administered to your pet via an injection just under the skin. This will take severe minutes to take effect. I may need to trim hair around the legs to visualize the veins for injection of the euthanasia drug, which is an overdose of an anesthetic, into the blood stream. The euthanasia drug, once administered, will cause immediate loss of consciousness and cessation of brain, heart, and lung function. Immediately after death, there can be some involuntary movements like passing of urine and feces. The entire process is painless and should not distress your pet.
How long does euthanasia take?
It would take approximately 30 minutes to an hour for the entire process. This includes the anesthesia and the subsequent euthanasia (this stage is fast). I encourage you to spend as much time as you want with your pet prior to my arrival. I understand if you wish to spend some time with your pet after the procedure and I will accommodate you as much as I can.
What about cremation?
I have partnered with Best Friend Cremation, Inc. based in Parkville for cremation services. More information regarding cremation services and fees can be found on: https://www.bestfriendpetcremation.com. Unless previously arranged with Best Friend, I collect payment for the cremation services on their behalf. They accept cash, check (to Best Friend Cremation), or card (Visa or Mastercard, with $10 surcharge).
It is totally acceptable if you have another provider for cremation services.
Am I able to stay with my pet during the procedure?
Definitely and I encourage you to do so.
How far in advance do I need to make an appointment?
I try my best to accommodate short notices but preferably, please make an appointment 24-48 hrs beforehand.
What forms of payment do you accept?
At this time, I only accept cash, check (to Jason Villano), Zelle, or Venmo for payment. I apologize for the inconvenience. Additionally, I do not offer any payment plan.
Do you euthanize healthy pets?
I do not euthanize healthy pets. I will evaluate your pet and may or may not honor your request for euthanasia.