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Serving southern Montgomery County, MD, Washington DC and northern Virginia

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Saying Goodbye to Your Pet,
With Dignity and Compassion

Pet ownership brings profound joy to families, so it’s natural to feel deep sadness when it’s time to say goodbye. We understand from personal experience how our pet’s last moments are best spent in the home, or the yard, or the lap your pet always loved. That’s why we come to you, and deliver end-of-life services with the compassion your pet and your family deserve.

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Making the Decision

Knowing when is the right time to let your pet go can be most difficult. You are the one who lives with and loves the animal. You are the one who knows them best and is trying to ensure a good quality of life. You are the very best person to make this decision. When suffering is imminent you can make the choice to provide them with a gentle death.

Try to remember that your pet does not have the capacity to fear death or to think about the future in the way that we as humans can. If quality of life is very poor and diagnostics and therapies do not look hopeful you can ask yourself some questions.

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    Is your pet suffering?
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    What is your pet likely to go through in the near future?
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    Is his current quality of life acceptable?

Once you have decided to proceed with euthanasia it can be a great relief for both of you.


The Process

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When Dr. Perl arrives he will first ask you to sign a release authorizing him to euthanize your pet and attesting that your pet has not bitten anyone in the last fifteen days. This is a rabies control issue.

He will then give the pet a relatively painless injection of a general anesthetic which is administered between the shoulder blades with a very small needle like a vaccine. The pet will slowly and peacefully go to sleep and become completely unconscious. This process will take between five and fifteen minutes.

Once the pet is completely unconscious, and not before, an intravenous overdose of sodium pentathol is administered and your pet dies comfortably within seconds.

Aftercare

We offer cremation services through Heavenly Days, and will personally deliver your pet’s remains to you within a polished wood box with a brass name plate. Heavenly Days offers communal cremation as an option as well.

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  • Thank you so much for so promptly sending the heartworm medicine for Bartleby and all of the excellent care you provide for him.

    —Allison.

  • Thank you for your compassionate care of Bitty during this difficult time. I am grateful for all you did for her, and especially grateful that she was at home at the end and for your kind help to me in dealing with this. I hope that you'll eventually hear from me again for a happier purpose.

    —Gregory

  • I wasn't able to find the right words to thank you when you brought Rowdy's remains back to us. Thank you for your kindness and compassion during the whole procedure and before talking on the phone with Mike in deciding what to do. As difficult as it was there was some comfort and peacefulness in letting Rowdy go in our own backyard by St Francis. A place he loved so much. We appreciate you hand delivering our special guy back to us.

    —Tanya

  • Thank you for sending the meds and for fielding my call about Rudy yesterday. So grateful for you.

    —Lyn

  • I wanted to let you know how blessed I feel to have had you as my vet in Cupid's final days. You were very supportive and showed both Cupid and myself compassion in making this hard decision. I really do feel it was because of you and your service that Cupid was so at ease and accepting when the time came. The only thing I wish I could change, would be having you as our veterinarian much sooner than the final few weeks.

    —Amy

  • Thank you so much for all of your practical, applicable surgical advise. I learned a lot of valuable techniques and appreciate you taking the time to impart some wisdom. It was nice working with you.

    —Erin, veterinary extern at WARL

  • Thank you so much for helping us guide Tim back to good health!

    —Joe

  • Thank you for being the best vet. Ever.

    —Patty

  • We want to thank you so much again for your compassion and the extraordinary gift of your time this morning to help Smokey leave us. You were kind to Smokey, Tigert and us. You epitomize the best of your profession and of humanity. Those who are fortunate enough to know you realize you are a gift. We are lucky to have found you.

    —Sally & Bill

  • Thank so much for helping us with Lulu. She's doing really well today. Vets are much nicer than MD's So maybe I'll switch Dr's and come to you! Thanks for recommending the specialist and being such an all around good guy.

    —Carolyn & Jim

  • I know I growl and carry on when you come over, but since your last visit I've been feeling grrrrreat! Thanks for everything! When I growl next time you stop by, I won't really mean it. You're the best

    —Otis

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