What Options Exist for Pet Euthanasia in Your Area?
December 13, 2012
Please consider participating in this informal survey about euthanasia options and costs in your area:
- What does your vet charge to euthanize a pet? If that fee does not include disposal of remains, what is the fee for that?
- Does your local shelter offer euthanasia of owned pets who are medically hopeless and suffering? If so, what fee do they charge for that service?
- When answering, please include the following specifics: type of pet (e.g. “dog under 50 pounds”), city or county and state.
I am in Kershaw Co, SC. My vet charges $35 to euthanize a small dog. I don’t know what the fees are for disposal of remains as we bury our pets at home. This includes a sedative injection which she administers first. It also includes the vet remaining with the owner and the dog for as long as necessary to make absolutely certain the dog is deceased. My vet is very caring and never wants any of her clients to have their euthanized pet “come back to life” after leaving the clinic. With Graham, she only felt the need to stay a few minutes after verifying death but with Emily, because she was running primarily on adrenaline, she stayed probably half an hour after verifying death. The emergency clinic charges about $125 to euthanize a large dog (again euthanasia only, not disposal of remains). They place a catheter and administer a sedative before the euth injection. My local shelter does not offer euthanasia services to the public. I don’t know what options might be available to someone locally who has a medically hopeless and suffering pet and can not afford a private vet visit.