One of the hardest parts of owning a cat or a dog can be making difficult end-of-life decisions. Many people wonder whether the time has finally come to say goodbye. Dr. K is available for quality-of-life assessments to help you come to a decision about what’s best for your beloved pet. It can be a tough choice to make on your own, so getting all the information about the state of your animal along with an expert opinion is essential. We hope that you never have to make this difficult decision alone. If you do decide that it’s time to consider euthanasia, we want to help you make it as peaceful and humane as possible. Dr. K will meet with you and your family to walk you through the process so that you know what to expect when saying goodbye. The procedure is simply a series of two painless injections. Your animal will slip into a calm and sedated state before passing away peacefully. This is perhaps one of the most difficult experiences to have in a veterinary clinic setting for both you and your pet. It can be especially hard to transport an animal when they’re experiencing painful health complications. The stress and anxiety of making the trip to the vet is difficult for all involved at this trying time. In-home euthanasia allows your pet to pass away in an environment that they know instead of an unfamiliar veterinary office where they may be confused and unnecessarily uncomfortable. This way they can be surrounded by their family, and you can grieve in the privacy of your own home. We’ve found it can help the family feel more in control of the entire process as well. Following home euthanasia, many pet owners choose to have their pet’s remains cremated and returned to them. Dr. K trusts and recommends St. Morris Crematory in Seattle, which provides both individual and non-individual cremation. To help with the process, Dr. K can transport your pet’s remains directly to the crematory following euthanasia. Individually cremated remains can be picked up by owners from Dr. K’s office or delivered to your home in 14 days, in a simple container or decorative urn. For those who choose non-private cremation, your pet’s remains will be taken care of by the crematory. Burial at home is also an option open to all pet owners. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Dr. Knasiak at (206) 225-0463.