Once I Arrive
I will need you to sign a form giving me the authorization to perform Euthanasia and ensuring that your
dog has not recently bitten anyone (this is a state of California requirement). Most people also like to take
care of the charges at this time as well. Payment may be made with cash or personal check (Make
checks payable to Dr. Anthony Smith). Credit cards may be accepted if you let us know in advance, with an
additional small processing charge.

After the paperwork is completed and you are ready, I will give your dog a sedative shot, (usually into the
muscle of one of the rear legs) 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 dog to go into a very
deep sleep prior to the final injection. This first injection is a combination of tranquilizers and pain
medications. Although the injection is no more painful than a typical vaccination, occasionally, dogs may
be upset at getting a shot (See:
A Note About Injections for additional information). After this injection, your
dog will gradually fall into a very deep sleep within about 5-10 minutes. During this time, you should feel
free to continue to comfort and talk to your pet. As your dog falls into a deep sleep, the eyes usually
remain open, there may be changes in the breathing pattern, or occasionally slight twitching of the
muscles (especially the feet and face). Sometimes, the tongue may begin to relax and loll from the mouth.
Although the process is usually very smooth and comfortable for your dog,
very rarely, there can be
unexpected reactions to this initial injection such as vomiting or muscle movements similar to a seizure.
Regardless of any of these reactions, your pet will be in a very deep sleep (actually a light anesthesia)
and will be unaware of anything that is happening. In any event, before we proceed, I will test your dog's
reflexes to be sure that s/he is in a very deep sleep and unable to feel any discomfort.

Once your pet is ready and you have said your final good-byes, I will inject an overdose of a very powerful
anesthetic (a euthanasia solution). This last shot will allow  the heart and respiration to stop, usually
within a minute or two. I generally give the final injection into the side of the pet's chest. This avoids the
need to clip the fur over a leg and the need for tourniquets, and allows you to be in whatever position and
be wherever you are most 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, have slight muscle twitching, or stretch the legs out, 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 preference.

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 towel or blanket and bring it 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. If you have
a large dog, I may need some assistance in bringing the carrier to my car.

Return of Ashes
If you have requested that your dog 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.
© Copyright 2017 Rainbow Bridge Vet Services
Anthony J. Smith, DVM
Hercules, CA  94547
Email: drajsmith@hotmail.com
Euthanasia for Dogs
(510) 381-3389