In-Home Euthanasia

Caring Hands Pet Hospice is committed to going above and above when it comes to giving your pet compassionate end-of-life care.

In-Home Euthanasia

Your Pet Deserves Their Last Moments To Be As Peaceful As Possible

We will be happy to consult with you over the phone about your pet’s unique situation. We will guide you by providing information on the process of death, aftercare and memorializing your pet. As you make these decisions, you will receive our expertise, understanding and support. We can also provide an in-home quality of life assessment on the day of your appointment if you are unsure or have questions about your pet’s condition.

If euthanasia is the best decision for your pet and your family, our doctors can perform this service in the comfort of your home. Performing the euthanasia at your home avoids the stress of a typical veterinary visit and provides a more peaceful experience for your pet and your family.

If you feel your pet may be a candidate for in-home euthanasia or if you would like to schedule a virtual or in-home quality-of-life assessment appointment, please call us at (832) 856-1617 or email You must provide copies of your pet’s medical records at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment to allow our team ample time to review their medical history. Failure to do so may result in rescheduling.

Please note that all appointments require a $100 deposit to hold the appointment. Additionally, we do not provide services to aggressive pets due to our doctor’s physical limitations.

What to Expect

What should I expect at my appointment?

Saying goodbye to your pet is one of the most difficult decisions you can make, and we want to help you honor the bond you have with your pet in the most special way possible. The following information may be difficult to read, but spending some time thinking about how you would like to say goodbye can make the process more meaningful. The relationship you and your family have with your pet is so unique, and there are no right or wrong answers for this process. It is important to make plans prior to your euthanasia appointment so that you will have time to consult with family members and friends. Having made certain decisions ahead of time will also allow you to focus your energy on your pet during the appointment. If you find at any time that you need any additional information or guidance regarding this process prior to your appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us at (832) 856-1617, as we would be happy to help.

What to Expect
Prior to the Appointment

It is important to take some time to think about any arrangements you would like to make before our doctor arrives. Some examples of decisions might include which family members or friends would like to be present, any special family or religious ceremonies you would like to have arranged, and the desired location of your pet’s passing. You may want to take or gather photos, poems, and other mementos that will be part of the tribute to your pet. If you know other family members cannot be present for the euthanasia, make plans to have them say goodbye ahead of time. For family/friends that cannot be physically present, virtual attendance is another option. You will also need to begin thinking about your pet’s aftercare and if you would like to arrange communal cremation (no ashes returned), a private cremation (with ashes returned), or if you would prefer to bury your pet yourself. We offer communal (ashes not returned) and private (ashes returned) cremation through Fond Memories.

When the day comes, you will want to choose a quiet place for the procedure where you and your pet will feel most comfortable. You may choose a favorite room, a special place in the house, or even somewhere quiet outdoors. Really, any place that is comfortable for you and your pet is an acceptable location. A common question that is asked is whether other pets and/or children should be present. Even the youngest child can be present during the euthanasia or view the pet’s body to say goodbye after if they have been well prepared and have a good support system provided by the adults in their life. Openness, honesty, and sensitivity are important as it is often a child’s first experience with death. If the parents are comfortable having them there, children should be asked if they want to be present. In our experiences, some do, but others want to be part of the goodbyes and then choose to leave before the actual procedure. The following website has excellent resources to help children through the grieving process: Other pets in the household may also be present. It is not uncommon for another pet to act depressed or “lost” when their housemate is suddenly missing. It seems there is more understanding when they can see and smell the body of their friend. Dogs and cats have been known to search the house for days when not allowed to say goodbye.

During the Appointment

When our doctor arrives, they will meet with you to discuss any plans made prior to her arrival to gain a sense of how you would like to say goodbye to your pet. We will also review your options for after-care at this time by giving you a list of crematoriums to choose from. We believe our clients should have the right to choose where their beloved pets are going to be cremated. Most crematoriums will allow a tour so that you will feel more comfortable having them cremated there. You will need to sign a euthanasia authorization form if a digital form was not completed. This form gives our doctor your permission to perform the procedure and states that your pet has not recently been bitten (for rabies law purposes). If you would like to fill out this form ahead of time, we can send you a copy via email, or you can download a copy from our website. It is usually best if we take care of the charges at the beginning of the appointment as well so that you may then focus completely on your pet.

Payment may be made with cash, check, or credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express) using Square. An estimate of charges can be provided prior to our arrival. Fees are based on the euthanasia charge and possibly some travel fees if you are located outside of our service area. Please note that we do not provide services to aggressive pets due to our doctor’s physical limitations.

After the paperwork is completed and you are ready, our doctor will give your pet a sedative injection beneath the skin or in the muscle to help your pet relax, provide comfort, and prevent any unnecessary stress or pain. This first shot may sting a little (this is more commonly noticed in cats) but is not painful, and we use a tiny needle (like a vaccination). Your pet will gradually (approximately 5-15 minutes) fall into a deep sleep. During this time, you should feel free to continue to comfort and talk to your pet.

Once your pet is in a state of deep sleep/unconsciousness and you said your final goodbyes, the doctor will inject an overdose of a powerful anesthetic using the vascular system. This product works by traveling to the brain. The brain will then tell the body to shut down in stages. There is no “mental” awareness or pain when this happens. You will notice that their breathing will stop first, and the heart will stop second. Although your pet will be sedated and in a deep, pain-free sleep before this occurs, you may continue to comfort and touch your friend throughout the entire procedure. Your pet will remain sedated/unconscious during this injection and will not feel any pain or discomfort whatsoever.

After the Appointment

Once our doctor has confirmed that your pet has been gently released, you may continue to spend as much time as you need with them. We will usually quietly step away to allow you to spend some time alone with your pet. If you have elected to have your pet cremated, we will then take your pet with us to our office for cremation or one of the Fond Memories transportation employees will pick up your pet from your home.   A beautiful, carved rosewood urn, clay paw print keepsake, ink nose print, and a lock of hair keepsake are included in the price of cremation.

Common Concerns or Things to Remember

In most cases, once the pet is sedated and even after death, their eyes usually remain open, even if someone tries to close them. Although euthanasia solution induces rapid clinical death, more primitive areas of the brain can sometimes continue stimulating basic reflex activities. For example, the pet may breathe more rapidly, take a few very deep breaths, have muscle tremors, or very rarely even have jerking-type motions. Your pet may release their bowels or bladder at the end of the euthanasia procedure. We will provide a pad to place beneath your pet to help prevent any soiling. These sights can sometimes be startling or disturbing to watch, but the pet does not feel any discomfort and has often already passed away. In most cases, however, the process is quite smooth, and pets simply fall asleep, eventually passing away very quietly.

Remember, it is perfectly normal to cry, be sad, and experience all the emotions associated with losing an important family member. Everyone grieves differently, but you should be prepared to enlist the support of your family and friends during this difficult time. If you need additional help, please refer to the pet loss support resources on our website and in our grief packet– and remember, you are not alone! If you have any questions, need help, or just want to talk, please feel free to call us at 832-856-1617 or e-mail us at

For many people, making a small “memorial table” with items that help you remember your pet’s happy days will help immensely, particularly for children. You may also write a memorial about your pet in the “Pet Memorials” section of our website or Facebook Page.



Caring Hands Pet Hospice has partnered with Fond Memories to provide you with the most compassionate and caring services for your family. Fond Memories has been providing burial and cremation services with compassion and kindness for over 30 years. They will treat you and your pet with professionalism and unsurpassed care you should expect. You can choose from communal cremation (no ashes returned) or private cremation (ashes returned). For more information about cremation services offered, please contact us at 832-856-1617 or


In-home Euthanasia Without Aftercare

Pet Weight In-Home
0-25 lbs. $400
26-50 lbs. $450
51-100 lbs. $500
101-150 lbs. $550
150+ $600

In-home Euthanasia with Communal Cremation* (Ashes Not Returned)

Pet Weight In-Home
0-25 lbs. $500
26-50 lbs. $550
51-100 lbs. $600
101-150 lbs. $650
150+ $700

In-home Euthanasia with Private Cremation* (Ashes Returned)

Pet Weight In-Home
0-25 lbs. $675
26-50 lbs. $725
51-100 lbs. $775
101-150 lbs. $825
150+ $875


Cremation services are provided by Fond Memories and include: a clay paw print, ink nose print, hair clipping and a beautiful, carved rosewood urn (pictured below) if ashes are being returned.

In-Home Hospice Care
Initial Evaluation* $475
In-home Follow-Up** $100

*Includes an initial 2-hour in-home evaluation and one month of medical management. Treatments and medications are additional. During that 30 days, our team is on your side seven days a week, available by phone, email, texting, and video chat when scheduling allows. Treatments and medications are an additional charge.

**If our doctor needs to return to your home for a follow-up visit, there will be an additional charge of $100. All scheduled virtual follow-ups are included for 30 days.

Quality-of-Life Assessment
In-Home Virtual*
$150 $100

*For the virtual QOL consultations, our veterinarians will be unable to diagnose any medical conditions or prescribe medications for your pet without performing an in-person examination. Your primary care veterinarian may need to assist in prescribing medication for your pet if any medications are needed. If the decision is made for your pet to enter hospice or the time has come to say goodbye, the QOL consultation fee will go towards the cost of the hospice or euthanasia fee.