After the paperwork is completed and you are ready, I will give your cat a sedative shot beneath the skin to
help your pet relax and prevent any unnecessary stress, pain, or struggling during the final injection. This
shot is a light anesthetic and will allow your cat to go into a very deep sleep prior to the final injection. This
first injection is a very small volume and can be administered very quickly, and most cats are not bothered
by it.  Occasionally, some cats react by meowing or trying to move away after the injection. (See:
A Note
About Injections for additional information). After this injection, your cat will gradually fall into a deep sleep
within about 3-10 minutes. During this time, you should feel free to continue to comfort and talk to your pet.
As your cat falls into a deep sleep, there may be a brief period of disorientation, so it is helpful to make sure
that the cat is not able to run away or injure itself. Although the eyes usually remain open during this time, I
will test your cat's reflexes to be sure that s/he is in a very deep sleep and unable to feel any discomfort..
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Once your pet is in a state of deep
sleep/unconsciousness and you have said your final
good-byes, I will inject an overdose of a very powerful
anesthetic (a euthanasia solution). This last shot allows
the heart and respiration to stop, usually within a minute
or two. I generally give the final injection into the
abdomen. This avoids the need to clip the fur over a leg
and allows you to have the cat in your lap or wherever
else you are comfortable. However, if you prefer or if the
situation warrants, I can give this final injection into a vein
of one of the legs. Regardless of the route used, your pet
will remain unconscious during this injection and will not
feel any pain or discomfort whatsoever. Occasionally,
pets may take a few final very deep breaths, but usually
they simply stop breathing quietly and peacefully. Despite
this, some people prefer not to be present for the final
injection, and this is perfectly fine - just let me know your
After the Procedure
Once I have confirmed that the heart and breathing have stopped, you may continue to spend as much time as you need with your pet. If
you've elected to have me take care of the body (See
aftercare options), just let me know if you would like to spend some time alone with
your pet. Whenever you are ready, I will place your pet's body into a covered plastic container with a comfy blanket and bring him/her out
to my vehicle for transfer to the pet crematory. If you would like to have your pet wrapped in something special or have other special
requests, please let me know and we will try to accommodate your wishes.

Return of Ashes
If you have requested that your cat be cremated with the ashes returned to you, these will be ready in approximately 1-2 weeks. You may
pick up the ashes at Pets at Peace in San Ramon. If you would prefer, they may be sent via UPS directly to your home or office, or we
can deliver the ashes personally to your home or to your regular veterinarian's office for pickup at your convenience. These options may
take slightly longer, and incur additional fees.

Final Thoughts
Remember, it is perfectly normal to cry, be sad, and experience all the emotions associated with losing an important family member.
Everyone grieves differently, but you should be prepared to enlist the support of your family and friends during this difficult time. If you
need additional help, I can provide some information on and referrals for
pet loss support - you are not alone! If you have any questions,
need help, or just want to talk, please feel free to call or e-mail me directly.