Pet Euthanasia Visit

Our Pet Euthanasia Process is centered on honoring the bond between you and your pet, ensuring their comfort and dignity while providing you with the support you need during this emotional journey.

In-Home Euthanasia

Compassionate care is at the core of what we do. When pet parents choose euthanasia services with Gentle Journey, they are choosing a loving, gentle, beautiful, and graceful goodbye for their pet. We will help you navigate the end-of-life journey with compassion and grace.

Although we mostly see dogs and cats, our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, and other small mammals. We can possibly assist you with chickens and goats under 100 lbs. We do not provide care for any other hobby farm pets, exotic birds, fish, or reptiles.

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Included Services & Keepsakes:

  • Sedation to support a peaceful passing
  • Gentle euthanasia
  • Pawprint keepsake
  • Lock of fur in container
  • Pet loss support materials
  • Aftercare services, if needed

When it is time to say goodbye, we try to create an experience so that it is the best that the last day can be, whether that is home snuggling on the couch, in a loved one’s lap, or outdoors if that’s their happy place. Gentle Journey allows us to help families let their pets move on with dignity, grace, and peace to a place that holds no tears — only beautiful memories.

If you decide you would rather not be at home for the euthanasia, but also do not want to go into a veterinary hospital, we have several other options. We can help your pet in a favorite spot outdoors such as your backyard, a local lake, or a public park. We also have an option for a home-away-from-home space at our cremation service office in Apex, where your family and your pet may use a living room-like area for your appointment.

A white goat with a collar
A white goat with a collar

You may personalize the visit as you wish. We will provide a clay pawprint and a clipping of fur if you would like. You are welcome to invite other family members, friends, or children if you and they wish. Other pets may also be present if they can be respectful of the companion we are helping.

Since we are usually at your home, family members can leave the room at any point and come back as they feel comfortable. Some families may wish to be at home but not present for the entire appointment. We can sedate your pet in your home and then, after they fall asleep, you can go to another part of the home while they receive the final medicine. This is often a good choice for children who are not sure if they want to be there for the entire appointment — it gives them the option to come and go as they please at any point during our visit within the safety and comfort of their home.

Please think about what would make this process most comforting, like special foods and treats for your pet, a special blanket, bed, or toy. You can personalize the goodbye as you wish: music and candles indoors or outside by the fire pit, a verse, poem, or prayer you would like to read, maintaining a peaceful space of honor, or telling stories of your pet’s life and giving all of the treats!

You may wish to have ink pads and paper on hand to do ink paw prints, nose prints, or any other keepsake to make this goodbye more meaningful. We will also do a clay pawprint and take a clipping of fur if you would like. We will take your beloved pet with us after the euthanasia if you elect for us to handle aftercare. We have baskets and stretchers with blankets to carefully transport them in a loving manner.

  • Euthanasia: $290
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Our Veterinary Services

In-Home Veterinary Hospice
& Palliative Care Consultation


Pet Aftercare
& Cremation