What to Expect
The first step in the process is to arrange your appointment with Dr. Horsch. She will need to know the approximate age and weight of your pet, what city you live in, and how you would like to handle aftercare for your pet: cremation (general or private), or burial. Please also let her know if your pet has fear or anxiety meeting new people, and any special requests for the day of your appointment.
At your appointment, Dr. Horsch will arrive at the specified time. She will go over the procedure with you and answer any questions you have. Together, you will get your pet settled into an area where they feel comfortable and safe. If your pet still has a good appetite, it's helpful to have some of their favorite treats on hand.
Once everyone is ready, Dr. Horsch will administer a sedative injection. This goes under the skin, just like a vaccine, and has 3 different medications to alleviate fear, pain, and anxiety. It will also make your pet extremely relaxed. These drugs typically take 10 minutes to achieve full effect. Once good relxation has been attained, Dr. Horsch will access a vein (typically in a back leg) in order to administer the euthanasia solution. This part of the procedure works quickly, typically taking less than 2 minutes.
Dr. Horsch will thoroughly and repeatedly check to make sure your pet has completely passed.
If you choose cremation, Dr. Horsch will gently transport your pet and arrange cremation with Midwest Cremation Services. Those choosing a private cremation can expect to receive ashes and/or paw print delivery within 1-3 weeks. If you live on the outskirts or outside the service area, Dr. Horsch may request that you pick up ashes from her home.