The Importance of Continuing Pet Medications Prior to Euthanasia

As a provider of in-home euthanasia, we often encounter concerned pet owners grappling with difficult decisions about their pet companions. One common question that arises is whether to continue giving prescription medications to a pet nearing the end of its life, especially on the day of a planned euthanasia. 

It’s crucial for pet owners to understand that the goal of end-of-life care is to prioritize the comfort and well-being of the animal. If your pet is on prescribed medications, particularly those for pain management, it is essential to maintain their regimen leading up to the euthanasia appointment. 

Some pet owners worry that these medications might interfere with the sedation or euthanasia process. However, in most cases, the medications prescribed to manage pain or other symptoms will not adversely affect the euthanasia procedure. Instead, they play a crucial role in ensuring that your pet remains comfortable and free from distress during their final moments.

Our primary concern is the welfare of your pet. Thus, we encourage all clients to continue any prescribed medications as directed by their veterinarian, right up to the appointment day. This approach helps to manage any discomfort or pain your pet may be experiencing and allows for a more peaceful transition.

If you have any concerns or questions about your pet’s medications or their end-of-life care plan, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us or your primary veterinarian. We are here to support both you and your pet during this challenging time.

Remember, providing your pet with the necessary medications is an act of kindness and ensures they are as comfortable as possible as they cross the rainbow bridge.



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I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who... read more

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My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him... read more

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I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but... read more

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Renee C.

I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who came out to the house. She was so understanding and supportive. They were all so helpful, understanding and nice. My girl got to stay at home and say goodbye in the backyard (a hummingbird flew over and it seemed like a good sign too). So glad I didn't have to take her to a cold vet office.

Diane C.

My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him with more medications which would make him even more miserable. I called and spoke to a very kind lady who was patient as I cried through making an appointment. We made an appointment for 1:30pm. Dr. Toni arrived. She was very kind, explained everything to us and gave us the time to be with our boy after the first shot. He wasn't relaxing enough so she gave him a second shot. We stayed with him throughout the entire process and I carried him to her car in the end. It was a very difficult decision but knowing that our boy is not in pain, gives us some peace. We are thankful to Dr. Toni for her kindness and compassion. They will arrange the cremation for us. Since we are in a pandemic, we had our masks on and said goodbye to our boy in our garden.

Terry A.

I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but before she attached the IV. We were relieved that we made the decision to let her go to doggy heaven at home. It was a tranquil and serene passing for her, and it very much aids us in the grieving and healing process knowing that she passed away so peacefully. Based on the grace and compassion Dr. Brown demonstrated on one of the most awful days of our lives we would not hesitate to recommend Paws Into Grace for others facing this very painful time.
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