We understand that saying goodbye to a family pet is heartbreaking. If you are faced with this difficult decision, know that our entire staff is committed to making this transition as smooth as possible for you and your pet and will be present to assist you through the grieving process.
When you are ready to call on us, there will be a few decisions you will be asked to make. You may want to discuss these choices with a family member before you arrive.
Things to consider.
The first decision you will be asked to make is whether you would like to be present during the Euthanasia procedure. Some pet owners are very sure they want to be close at this time while others are simply not able.The next decision is whether you prefer a private cremation with the ashes returned to you or a communal cremation. Burial services through Pet Heaven Memorial Park and Crematory are also an option. More information about Pet Heaven is provided below.
What to expect.
When you enter our hospital you will be escort to a quiet room. We will discuss your choices about final arrangements, discuss the procedures and expectations involved and answer any questions that you may have about the process. You will be asked to sign a form that gives the doctor permission to perform Euthanasia. For many patients, we feel it is beneficial to place an IV catheter before the procedure. Your doctor will discuss this with you.
If you choose to stay, you will be able to comfort your pet throughout the process. During the procedure a special anesthetic solution is painlessly administered directly into the bloodstream that will cause your pet to gradually fall asleep and peacefully pass away. In a few cases, pets may vocalize, urinate, or defecate. This is normal and they are not in any pain or distress. The doctor will listen for a heartbeat and administer more euthanasia solution in the rare case that it is needed. Also, be aware that some pets may appear to "gasp" about once a minute for a few minutes after they are euthanized. This is the diaphragm muscle spasming, a normal occurrence, and is not a gasp for air as it sometimes appears to be. After the procedure, you may spend some time alone to say goodbye if you wish. We will take care of the final arrangements that you have chosen.
What happens when I leave?
Your pet will be taken to the treatment area of our hospital and gently prepared for transportation to Pet Heaven Memorial Park and Crematory. Preparation is simply removal of any collars or bandages, wrapping the pet in a moisture-proof material, and clearly identifying him or her. A complimentary Paw Print Card may be obtained at this time if desired. Under no circumstances are any procedures performed on deceased pets unless the pet owner has requested an investigation of the cause of death.
What happens next?
Pet Heaven Memorial Park and Crematory is trusted by the Hollywood Animal Hospital for pet cremation and burial services. It has been family owned and operated since 1972 and is a highly reputable crematory facility. Pet Heaven can be reached to assist your family's final pet care needs by calling (305) 223-6515 or online at http://www.pet-heaven.com.