How much notice is needed to make an appointment?
Usually, two days notice is enough to schedule an appointment. If you need a particular time of day, more notice may be needed. Next-day, same-day and emergency appointments are often available, but cannot be guaranteed. There will be some days that Dr. Ivey is not available; it is highly recommended to call and ask about the schedule as you feel the time to make an appointment is drawing near.
What types of pets does Peace for Pets help?
Peace for Pets provides home euthanasia service to all types of house pets. This includes dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, other small mammals, parrots, and backyard birds. Dr. Ivey cannot help with mini pigs, goats, or other hoofed animals.
What is the best way to schedule an appointment?
Scheduling over the phone is best. This way, the details of your pet’s unique situation can be discussed, your questions can be answered, and availability can be relayed in real time. If email is better for you, that’s OK, but please understand that the available appointment times may change as emails are being exchanged. If you have questions about your pet’s quality of life, this should be discussed over the phone.
How long does a visit take?
In general, the appointment will take about an hour. Some people need more time during or after the euthanasia, while others prefer to move through the steps more quickly. Dr. Ivey will do everything possible to proceed at a pace that feels right to you. The important thing is that your pet will be comfortable, and there will be all the time you need.
Should I feed or medicate my pet on the day of the appointment?
Food, medication and other treatments given at home will not interfere with the euthanasia process. Please give any food or treatents that provide comfort (especially pain medications), as long as giving them does not cause stress.
What are the hours and costs?
Service hours and fees are listed HERE.
Can I cancel an appointment?
Yes, absolutely. If the day of the appointment arrives and your pet or your family is not ready, it is completely ok to cancel or reschedule. There is no fee.
Can I schedule hospice care for my pet?
Peace for Pets does not provide hospice care. If you decide that home hospice care is the best option for your pet, please see the list of Pet Hospice Providers HERE.
What are the options for care of my pet’s body?
Please see the Information on Aftercare HERE
If I choose private cremation, will I really receive my pet’s ashes?
Dr. Ivey uses Pets at Peace Cremation Service based on a personal evaluation and site visits. They have the highest standards of pet and family care. Your pet’s body is tracked with an electronic tracking system; ashes, paw prints and other keepsakes are 100% guaranteed to be your pet’s and ONLY your pet’s. Pets at Peace offers witnessed cremation and values your trust in their loving care.
Should Children be present?
Children who are old enough to understand and accept euthanasia as a loving gift (typically kids 9 years and older), are old enough to decide for themselves if they wish to be present or not. Some kids will want to be present for the sedation steps, but not the final euthanasia injection. Some children, particularly in the 6 - 8 year range, understand what death is, but may have great difficulty accepting euthanasia as a loving act of kindness. For these kids, observing the euthanasia may be distressing, both for the child and the rest of the family. Very young children (typically 3 years and younger) usually do not understand what death is. These kids are not usually upset by euthanasia, but they may react to strong emotions from parents and siblings. Young children may demand attention or create other distractions when the rest of the family would prefer to quietly connect with the pet. It is OK to consider your own emotional needs when deciding whether to have children present.
Should other pets be present?
Dogs, cats and other pets will not be traumatized by being present. Most pets do not seem to understand what is happening, but some will react to the family’s emotions. It is absolutely ok for other pets to be present for the entire visit, or to allow them to have a viewing/sniffing of the euthanized pet afterward.
How does Dr. Ivey cope with the sadness of her job?
This question is frequently asked by concerned pet people. We all love our pets and wish for them never to leave us. Saying goodbye is the saddest part of life, but it is part of life. But when incurable illness or pain is present, what choices do we have? When euthanasia is the best option, helping pets transition peacefully, in the comfort of home, surrounded by love, is a great gift. People who seek home euthanasia are the most devoted pet people anywhere - Dr. Ivey celebrates the love her patients have shared with their humans, and the wonderful lives they have led.