How do you know when it’s time to euthanize your pet? It’s a question only you and your vet can answer. It’s important to know that it’s rarely a simple or straightforward decision to make. Vetted’s experienced veterinarians help hundreds of overwhelmed pet owners navigate the complex euthanasia process each and every year.
If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, you have a lot to think about when it comes time to say goodbye to your pet. Here are your options for euthanasia in L.A.
In-Office vs. In-Home Euthanasia in Los Angeles
Almost all pet owners choose either in-office or in-home euthanasia for their pet. In very unusual cases, some pet owners choose to put their pets to sleep in an outdoor location, but that choice poses legal as well as logistical complexities.
In-Office Euthanasia in L.A.
Euthanasia has traditionally been carried out within the confines of a veterinary office. For pet owners whose pets have long been treated at a brick-and-mortar vet’s office, having their familiar vet perform the euthanasia can be comforting.
No matter where the euthanasia occurs, the process remains similar. The pet will generally be given a sedative before being injected with a medication that ceases their bodily function. Modern pet euthanasia is virtually painless.
In-Home Euthanasia in L.A.
In recent years, particularly here in L.A., more and more pet owners are choosing to say goodbye at home in a calm, familiar environment. For many pet owners, the comfort of knowing their pet is relaxed and comfortable during their last moments is paramount. Additionally, in-home pet euthanasia performed by an experienced vet is just as safe and cost-comparable to the traditional in-office procedure. When it comes to aftercare, many people prefer how in-home euthanasia allows them to be more hands-off during their time of mourning.
When it comes time to choose an in-home euthanasia vet in Los Angeles, consider the following: Is the vet provider available and happy to answer any and all questions you have? What is their typical process like? Which aftercare services are provided?
Aftercare Options in L.A.
What is “aftercare?” The term generally refers to any services extended to pet owners after their pet has been euthanized. Common components of euthanasia aftercare here in Los Angeles include cremation (either public or private), burial, memorial keepsakes, and more.
In most cities, Los Angeles included, it is actually illegal to bury a deceased pet anywhere but a licensed cemetery. That being said, enforcement of this regulation varies from place to place. If you have your pet professionally euthanized by a veterinarian in L.A., your easiest (and most legal) option is to have the pet cremated either communally or privately. Private cremations are more expensive but generally include options like a paw print keepsake, and the pet owner gets their pet’s ashes back to do with what they wish. Communal cremations typically result in joint burial at sea or in a registered pet cemetery.
All vets work with a preferred crematory partner and some even provide cremation services in-office. Depending on your wishes, most vets will work with you on exactly when to remove your pet’s remains. Talk to your vet openly about how long you think you’d like to spend with your pet’s remains after you’ve said goodbye.
Pet Remains Collection
If you don’t want to have your pet cremated, you have options. In L.A., the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation is responsible for collecting animal remains. If desired, they will come to your home to collect your animal’s remains free of charge; call 1-800-773-2489 to schedule.
Pet Cemeteries in L.A.
There are a number of pet cemeteries operating in or near Los Angeles should you choose a professional burial for your pet. The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas is one of the largest and oldest of its kind. Pet Haven Cemetery as well as Sea Breeze Pet Memorial Park are other popular options.
Questions about euthanasia in Los Angeles?
Vetted provides in-home euthanasia from compassionate, professional veterinarians in the comfort of your own home. We believe the best gift you can give your pet in their final moments is the environment – and people – they love the most.
Reach out today to have all your questions answered by the euthanasia specialists at Vetted.