Some people only use our service for in-home euthanasia. Most dogs and cats are anxious when they go into a veterinary hospital and some large dogs are no longer able to get into the car without pain. In-home euthanasia removes or at least greatly reduces your pet's stress when the time comes to say good-bye.
When we perform euthanasias, our patient first receives a generous dose of a narcotic/sedative cocktail slipped under the skin with a tiny needle. Most dogs and cats don't notice or seem to mind this injection, but there are a few that do. The good news for those that do notice the shot, it is over quickly. Once absorbed, this cocktail relieves anxiety and pain, causes dissociation and sleep. This first injection usually takes 5-15 minutes to effect. Once our patient is no longer responsive to stimuli, we administer an overdose of Pentobarbital in the vein for the euthanasia. We do not place an IV catheter for this procedure. Pentobarbital puts the brain to sleep first and permanently, then the breathing stops, then the heart stops. This is important to know because it means the brain is gone before the body and there is no pain felt. Our goal is to make the process as peaceful as possible for all involved.
DOG <25 LBS. $75 26 - 50 LBS. $85 51 - 90 LBS. $99 91 - 130 LBS. $135 131 - 170 LBS. $165 171 - 220 LBS. $205
*FOR HOUSECALL FEE PLEASE SEE BELOW
Our housecall fee is based on mileage and covers our round-trip time investment. The housecall fee structure is determined by ONE-WAY mileage from our home base near the Deming Log Show Grounds to your location (using Google Maps). We travel only within Whatcom County. However, we do not travel to Lummi Island or Point Roberts. You may call or email us to help you determine the fee to your location.
1 - 5 miles $60
5.1 - 10 miles $70
10.1 - 15 miles $80
15.1 - 20 miles $90
20.1 - 25 miles $100
25.1 - 30 miles $120
30.1 - 40 miles $135
We work with two cremation companies. We trust them both.
Gateway Pet Memorial:
Gateway purchased Mr. Morris' crematorium in Snohomish County, WA in late 2017, but has retained the trusted staff. Some changes include an updated tracking system, new urn options, and an aftercare package included with every Individual Cremation. The cremation fee includes us removing your pet from your home and making the arrangements with the crematorium.
If you choose individual cremation, your pet will be cremated alone within their own steel tray. Their ashes will be returned to you in your choice of a complimentary blue metal urn, a cherry tone MDF wood box, or a cedar box. A brass nameplate or etching is optional.
The return of ashes from an individual cremation takes an average of 7-14 days including the travel time for us to return your pet's ashes to you. The aftercare package includes a cremation certificate, fur clipping, a clay paw print impression, and a seed packet to memorialize your pet.
Individual Cremation^: 1 - 40 lbs. $190 41 - 70 lbs. $210 71 - 100 lbs. $230 101 - 150 lbs. $250 151 - 190 lbs. $270
^Please see pictures of included options below.
Additionally, you may want to visit https://washington.gatewaypetmemorial.com/memorial-products/ for a large selection of premium urns and memorial jewelry that is available.
If you do not want your pet's ashes returned to you, you may select communal cremation which means multiple pets are cremated together and their ashes are buried on private property in a nearby apple orchard.
Communal Cremation: 1 - 40 lbs. $55 41 - 70 lbs. $65 71 - 100 lbs. $80 101 - 150 lbs. $100 151 - 190 lbs. $120
Radiant Heart is a pet crematorium in Bellingham. They offer exceptional after-care services and products including pawprints and/or nose prints, a wide variety of urns, and many other items to memorialize your pet. Witnessed private cremations can be arranged. If you would like us to coordinate the transportation of your pet to Radiant Heart, please inform us in advance so we can make timing arrangements and advise you if there will be a transport fee. You will pay Radiant Heart directly for their services, and you will pick up your pet's ashes from their facility. All cremations are completed within 72 hours.
Please visit www.radiant-heart.net for their most comprehensive and current offerings as well as their fees.
^Complimentary urn choices from Gateway:
We accept cash, checks, debit cards, VISA, M/C, Discover, and American Express at the time of service.