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In-Home Euthanasia

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding at-home pet euthanasia. We know that this is a stressful time for families and we want to provide you with as much information as possible to help you make the very best decisions.

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Are you like Lap of Love?

Yes.   Pawsitive Animal Care and Lap of Love are both CAETA certified and provide in-home euthanasia to families that desire this service.  We provide memorial keepsakes to your family, and our pricing is comparable. 

There are a few key differences:  We a local business, not corporate.  You will speak to the veterinarian before your appointment.  Our service area is Santa Barbara based and there is no travel fee for surrounding areas.  We can often see same-day appointments.

How far in advance do I need to schedule?

We will try to accommodate to your schedule, even on short notice.  We can also come on weekends and times later in the day.

However, we do advise scheduling the appointment 1-2 days ahead if you can in order to secure a time that works best for you.

Can I choose the location in my home?

Absolutely.   You can pick a spot in your home, or outside, that you and your pet are most comfortable.  You also may choose to enhance the environment with candles, music or take any other steps to honor this moment if you so desire.

Who can be present?

This is entirely up to you.  You are more than welcome to have family present, or to have it more private.  Whatever makes you the most comfortable.

Will my pet feel pain?

No.  The goal of Dr. Challen is to make your pet as free of suffering as possible.  Your pet will receive sedation to make them calm and comfortable.  The medication will allow your pet to drift off to a deep peaceful sleep.

Will I have time to say goodbye?

Yes.  Nothing will be rushed, and you will be able to spend time with your pet when they are sedated and comfortable.  This is an important time and we deeply respect it.

What happens to my pet's body?

You have several options, the most common of which are home burial and cremation.  We work with a licensed crematorium and can assist with this process if you choose cremation.  
There is more detailed information on this topic in the menu above, called "aftercare".

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