1. What is euthanasia?
The word euthanasia means "painless death." Upon arrival, Dr. Janet will do a gentle exam and answer any remaining questions or concerns. Next, your pet will be given a sedative to alleviate any stress or anxiety your pet may be feeling. Once sedate, Dr. Janet will place an IV catheter. Once the catheter is in place the euthanasia solution will be given through the IV, which goes directly into the bloodstream. The euthanasia solution will quickly cause complete loss of consciousness and will then cause your pets heart and lungs to stop functioning. As this happens your pet is unaware and feels no pain.
2. How do I know when it is time?
This question comes up often and is a question that all pet owners struggle with. When this question comes up, Dr. Janet asks the owner to list 5-6 activities that your pet enjoys. For example playing ball, eating their favorite treat, greeting you at door, going for walks, etc. When your pet can no longer do the majority of activities on the list, then it is most likely time for euthanasia. However, despite making a list, it can still be a difficult decision. Dr. Janet is here to speak to you about this process and will help guide you to make the best decision for your pet.
3. Will you euthanatize in my home?
Yes. Most pet owners will pick their pet’s favorite spot in the house or backyard, or even in your lap. You may do what you and your pet feel most comfortable with.
4. Can you euthanatize other places than my home?
The majority of our euthanasia’s are in the home, but this service is not limited to the home. We would consider other locations as long as they are quiet and private. We want this location to be very relaxed and peaceful for all involved. When you schedule an appointment Dr. Janet can advise of some alternative locations.
5. Do you have a physical location where euthanasia's are performed?
Peaceful Pet Parting is strictly an in-home service.
6. Who can be present for the procedure?
Any one you like can be present for as much or as little of the procedure as they like. Before the process begins Dr. Janet will make sure that everyone present understands what she is doing and why.
7. What happens afterwards?
Shortly after the euthanasia solution is injected Dr. Janet will confirm that your pet is deceased by placing a stethoscope over your pet’s heart. Then, when you are ready, you can either prepare your pet for burial at home, or we will transport to Forget Me Not Pet Crematory. Forget Me Not Pet Crematory will care for your pet with respect through the entire cremation process until returned to you. Forget Me Not Pet Crematory offers group cremation or private cremation. We have packages to choose from on our After Care page.
8. How do I schedule an appointment?
Please call 978-440-8008. During this conversation you will speak directly to Dr. Janet. Please leave a message and she will get back to you within the next few hours (during business hours) to answer any questions or to schedule an appointment. Outside of normal business hours calls will be returned as soon as Dr. Janet is available.
You may now schedule an appointment online. See question 9.
9. Can I schedule an appointment online?
10. What can I expect the day of?
Pease refer to the What to Expect page.
11. Who takes my animal after the procedure?
Dr. Janet will transport your pet respectfully until it reaches Forget Me Not Pet Crematory. From there Forget Me Not will treat your pet with dignity through the entire after care process.
12. Who is Forget Me Not Pet Crematory?
“We understand that your pet is a special member of your family, and that saying goodbye is sad and difficult. Forget-Me-Not Pet Crematory is a family owned business committed to providing exceptional service, showing you and your pet the respect you both deserve.
Serving veterinary clinics and pet owners, Forget-Me-Not’s prompt and courteous attention will make this time of grief easier. Please browse our web site or contact us to we may assist you with arrangements.
Forget-Me-Not Pet Crematory is located at 80 Lyman Street in Northborough, Massachussetts.”
13. What is the difference between private and group cremation?
• Private Cremations: the pet is cremated alone, without any other pets in the processing chamber, and the cremains are either returned or scattered depending on the wishes of the family.
• Communal (Group) Cremations: a pet is cremated along with several other pets in a single chamber and the cremains are not returned to the family.
14. Questions about euthanasia procedures performed at Forget Me Not?
Visit Forget Me Not Pet Crematory website.
15. Are same day appointments available?
Yes. We commonly do same day appointments.
16. When is payment due?
Payments are due at time of service. Usually before the procedure.
17. What methods of payment are acceptable?
Cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express
18. Is Dr. Janet a licensed veterinarian in the state of Massachusetts & New Hampshire?
19. What is the travel radius Dr. Janet will travel?
Dr. Janet travels a radius of 20 miles with the central location from Maynard, MA for no additional charge. Dr. Janet is able to service areas outside this 20 mile radius for an additional travel fee.
Travel Fee Schedule:
21 - 30 miles additional $10.00
31 - 40 miles additional $20.00
Greater then 41 miles please call.
Dr. Janet is able to service Massachusetts and New Hampshire only.
Normal Business Hours
Monday - Friday: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Emergency After Hours Available