There is no question too big or too small for our veterinary team. Below are some answers to your most common questions.

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At Orlando Animal Home Care, we get many interesting questions from pet parents. Below are some common FAQs that might help answer any questions or concerns. Please feel free to call us at (407) 335-9088 for any other concerns you might have about your pet.

What type of pets do you see?

We provide compassionate services for cats and dogs.

What services do you provide?

We provide end-of-life pet services, including end-of-life pet assessments, pet transportation, and in-home pet euthanasia. 

Please check our services page for a comprehensive list of our veterinary services.

How will I know when it’s the right time to euthanize?

As a pet owner, this is possibly the most challenging question you will ever have to answer. Even as skilled and knowledgeable veterinarians, we find it difficult to make this choice for our own animals. This is due to the fact that there is no one “right time” to choose euthanasia; instead, your decision may be influenced by a wide range of variables.

A Quality of Life Scale can be useful in deciding whether euthanasia is the more humane course of action or whether to continue providing supportive care for an elderly or ill pet.

While evaluating your pet’s quality of life is the primary consideration when contemplating euthanasia, it’s not the only factor that could influence this choice. Providing excellent care for an ailing or elderly pet necessitates allocating multiple resources, including your resources (financial, time, emotional, and physical). You might eventually run out of one or more of those resources, in which case thinking about euthanasia would not be inappropriate.

You can get guidance from our veterinary team if, even after weighing all of your options, you are unable to determine which end-of-life option is best for your pet.

Do you give something to relax my pet before euthanizing?

We will administer a mild injection under the skin or into a muscle as a relaxing sedative to your pet prior to euthanasia. Your pet might not even notice that this is administered with a tiny needle. This injection is comparable to the vaccination that your pet will receive.

Is euthanasia painful? How does it work?

Euthanasia does not cause pain. It is accomplished by administering an injection into a vein that causes a deep sleep. This is because the anesthetic dose is precisely calibrated to cause a painless shutdown of the brain, which in turn stops all body functions. There won’t be any discomfort for your pet from the injection because it’s done quietly and quickly.

Can my other pets be present for the euthanasia?

Provided your other pets do not cause too much disruption or distraction during the last moments you will be spending with your sick pet, it is important for them to have this last chance to say goodbye. Grieving over the loss of a friend is something that pets can also go through. The remaining pets frequently search the house, try to find their friend, or even display grieving behaviors like decreased activity and appetite, a lack of interest in routine activities, or a slightly more reclusive demeanor. These symptoms are typically transient, and while your pet grieves for a lost friend, they will require additional care and attention.

Is it appropriate for children to be present for the euthanasia?

Choosing this course of action can be difficult for many parents because it is difficult to discuss death with kids, particularly when it concerns a pet. It is important to teach kids about death in an honest and straightforward manner. They may impress you with their remarks and inquiries as they process the occasion in their own unique way. They have a reputation for being resilient and open-minded. We advise allowing them to choose how involved they wish to be, as they might require the chance to say farewell. At any point during the euthanasia procedure, you have the option to keep your child at home, but only to a limited extent. Additionally, your child might want to take part in any funeral, or planning for pet memorials can be beneficial in helping them process their loss. The choice is entirely yours because, in the end, you are the parent who knows your child the best.