In home euthanasia

End of life care is never an easy process for pet parents. For folks that are not sure how to decide when the time has come that their pet is having more bad days than good days we offer in home consultation to assess quality of life. For pets with terminal disease we offer hospice care to help keep them comfortable as long as their owners feel they still have adequate quality of life. When the times comes that your beloved pet no longer has an acceptable quality of life we provide peaceful at home euthanasia. For families that would like pet cremation we provide transportation to the crematorium and make all arrangements. The loss of a pet is very difficult, but we feel that allowing families the option to say goodbye in the privacy and comfort of their home helps ease the pain. Pet loss is never easy but allowing your pet to pass gently as home with their family by their side, without stress, pain or fear, is one of the last gifts pet owners can give their beloved friend.

As a mobile house call practice we are able to provide gentle in home euthanasia to make the experience as comfortable and stress free as possible for both the pet and the family that loves them. Pets are relaxed in their own home, on their own bed, surrounded by the family that loves them. Compare this to the stress and fear often associated with traveling in the car to the vet, entering a veterinary clinic, waiting in a crowded waiting room and then laying on a stainless steel exam table or tile floor. The last thing any of us want for our pet’s final moments are to be fear or pain and since many pets are fearful of car rides or entering a veterinary office we are honored to be able to give pet parents the option of making their pet’s final moments gentle and peaceful, in their own environment and surrounded by the family that loves them.

Our end of life care services allow your beloved pet to pass peacefully and painlessly in the privacy of your home. Every pet receives sedation and pain medication so they are very relaxed and pain free for the entire process. We administer the sedation and pain medicine with a very small needle so most pets do not notice the injection. Once your pet is sleepy we then administer IV anesthesia so they are completely unaware when euthanasia is administered. We have developed this process so that we can ensure that your pet is peaceful, pain free and experiences no stress during the process- ensuring a gentle passing. This process allows pets parents to be with their beloved pet for the entire process and allows the pets they love to be very relaxed during the entire process and to pass away peacefully as they drift off into eternal rest. We provide at home euthanasia for residents in Aberdeen, Apex, Cameron, Carthage, Cary, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Fuquay Varina, Hope Mills, Lillington, Sanford, Southern Pines, Spring Lake, Raeford, Pinehurst, Vass, Whispering Pines, West End, NC and the surrounding area.

We ask that you have a thick, comfortable blanket for your pet to lay on. Our entire focus is making the experience as peaceful as possible for pets and their owners so we like to have the pet wherever they are most comfortable which sometimes means the backyard under a favorite tree, on the couch or another favorite resting area. If your pet is still eating, please have their favorite foods on hand so they can snack on them as they receive their sedation and become sleepy. If they are able to stand, please take them outside to allow them to urinate within an hour of the appointment time so they can empty their bladder.

Following in home euthanasia, some pet parents prefer to bury their pet at their home or while others prefer cremation service. For those that want to have their pet cremated we arrange this service and ensure careful transportation to the crematorium. Pet owners will then be contacted by the crematorium when their pet’s remains are ready and can choose to have cremains delivered to their home or to pick up.

The cost for at home euthanasia is $195 plus home visit mileage. This includes sedation/pain medication so your pet is completely relaxed and not feeling any pain or anxiety, peaceful euthanasia and clay paw print. If you would like a keepsake fur clipping please let us know and we are happy to provide that for you. Please inquire for cost for pets over 100 lbs, urgent requests or for appointments that are outside of our normal appointment hours. For pet parents that are unable to schedule during our regular hours or for pets that have a sudden need for urgent care or emergency euthanasia we do everything we can to accommodate requests for emergency after hours or weekend euthanasia with our veterinarian.

Pet Cremation

Cremation cost includes transporting your pet from your home to the crematorium. Dr. Commerford will make all arrangements on your behalf so you do not need to worry about logistics in your time of grief.

General cremation with no remains returned $99 for pets up to 100 lbs.

Private cremation with urn $199 for pets up to 100 lbs and $229 for pets greater than 100 lbs. Pet owners that select this option will have their companion cremated individually and remains are placed in a custom engraved wooden. A unique identifier accompanies your beloved throughout the entire process and is checked several times throughout the process to confirm identity. Please consider what you would like to have engraved. It can be your pet’s name, their name and birth/passing date, or a favorite quote.