One of the most well-respected in-home euthanasia providers in Minnesota is MN Pets. I've had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Rebecca for a few years, and many of my Joy Session clients have used their services as well. I'm very happy to share the great work they're doing with you!
How did MNPets get started?
Dr. Rebecca McComas started MN Pets after recognizing the importance of in-home euthanasia services for her own dogs. Having only experienced saying goodbye in a clinical setting, she was moved at how differently the process felt at home. In 2010, she started MN Pets, the first exclusively in-home euthanasia practice in Minnesota.
Why do owners choose in-home euthanasia over taking their pets into a vet office?
Our clients often have pets that are either uncomfortable in a clinic setting, or the client is unable to get their pet to the clinic physically. Many people wish for their pet to pass away at home, where they are the most comfortable, surrounded by loved ones.
How do you know when it’s the right time for gentle euthanasia?
It can be difficult to know when it's time to say goodbye. Every situation is unique, but there are some helpful guidelines to consider. If your pet appears to be in pain, if they are not enjoying the things that they once really looked forward to, or if you, the pet owner, is no longer able to meet your pet's need for care financially, emotionally, or physically, it may be time to consider euthanasia. You can read our Knowing When it's Time to Say Goodbye guide here.
When should pet owners start planning for their in-home euthanasia?
We have many clients that choose to call us well before it's time to say goodbye. It can be helpful to know your options and to feel out what service is the best fit for your family and your pet.
Others call us for the first time the day that their pet needs help. Often, we can send a doctor out within 24 hours of requesting a visit, so it's not a service that you have to plan days or weeks ahead of time for, but rather spend your time with your pet and monitor their quality of life day by day and know that we are here to help when you're ready.
How can we best prepare ourselves, our home, and our pets for the day of?
Our doctors bring all that they need for a visit. It can be helpful to think of where in the home or outdoors you would like your pet to be-where they are the most comfortable.
Talking to children about the process beforehand can also be helpful, and giving them the option to choose if they would like to be present or not.
Taking photos of your pet, creating memory boxes, or simply spending time with them before our doctor arrives are all ways to prepare for our visit.
What happens after my pet passes away?
Our doctors are able to assist you with cremation services after your pet passes away. Our doctor would take your pet with her and help with that service, or she can leave your pet's body with you if you choose to bury them or have something else in mind.
Do you provide any grief counseling or care after everything is done?
We do provide grief support in a few different ways. All of our Support Team are trained professionals that can answer questions or even just listen. We offer an email series that provides grief support after the death of a pet, and we have a lovely Facebook community that shares photos, stories, and encouragement with others.
Thank you MN Pets!