Home Pet Euthanasia


What to Expect

How to Help Kids and Pets

Heaven from Home

Pet Euthanasia Service

Dr. Vanessa Wensing




First and foremost, if you have any specific desires Dr. Wensing will do everything she can to honor your wishes. 

"No one loves you unconditionally as your beloved pet."


-Cynthia S. Dobesh

Euthanasia Process

Body care decisions - Your decision for body care should be made either prior to or on the day of your pets euthanasia. Dr. Wensing can provide your pets transport to Valley Pet Loss Center crematorium in Livermore.  You also have the option to transport your pet to the vet hospital or crematorium of your choice.  You may also choose to keep your pet but should review proper burial practices.

Sedation injection - A sedative or progression of sedation medications are given by injection in order to calm and relax your pet.  Sedation allows for a comfortable transition to euthanasia.  Sedation takes approximately 5 minutes.  With the onset of sedation your pet will look like he/she is sleeping but wont be easily aroused.

Injection of euthanasia solution  - Once your pet is  comfortably sedate, an intravenous injection of euthanasia solution is given. Your pet will become unconscious, his/her eyes will not shut, breathing will stop, and his/her heart will stop.  This process is relatively fast and takes approximately 3 minutes.

Confirmation of death -   Dr. Wensing will confirm that your pets heart has stopped and notify you that your pet has passed away.

Post death movement - Your pet may have postmortem movements such as muscles twitching or even a big open mouth breath.  Urine or feces may be lost as muscles relax.  Eyes will not shut.

Keepsakes - Dr. Wensing will create keepsakes such as hair clippings and paw prints (see photos on this page).  Please feel free to make any requests.

Body care - Dr. Wensing can provide body transport for your pet to the crematorium (if under 70 lbs).  If your pet is heavier than 70lb Dr. Wensing will have you coordinate her visit with Valley Pet Loss Center.  They will provide your pets transportation and cremation service.

Pets are Individuals in Their Reactions to Euthanasia

Please remember that every pet is an individual.  Each pet will

react differently to the sedation and euthanasia process.  Dr. Wensing does her very best to anticipate and prevent any discomfort that your pet may feel during this process.

What About Kids?

1 to 9 years - It is best to inform children of these ages the the pet is not doing well and may not live much longer.  The details of the euthanasia does not need to be explained.  Dr. Wensing recommends allowing children of this age group the opportunity to say goodbye to their pet but not be present for the actual euthanasia. 

10 - 18 years - Children of this age group should be asked if they would like to be present for euthanasia.

For more information on children and pet loss please visit the ASPCA at:  https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-loss/helping-your-child-when-the-family-pet-dies

What About My Other Pets?

For some pets the loss of a close companion is just as painful as for the human family.  Pets do understand illness and death.  They do grieve.  Dr. Wensing suggests that all family pets be allowed to be present for  the euthanasia of their companion.  They should be allowed to come and go as they desire during the process.  If the pet is aggressive and or very rowdy we may request that you bring them out after the euthanasia has been performed so that they can smell their deceased companion.  They do understand and they do grieve.