Gentle Journey

P.O. Box 324
Hazlet, NJ 07730

(732)264-1888

www.gentlejourneynj.com

Two cats

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers. If you have additional questions that aren't covered here, please feel free to give us a call at (732) 264-1888.

  • What are your hours?
    Our mobile euthanasia and hospice hours are Sunday to Tuesday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. On other days we may be able to accommodate you before or after our other veterinary commitments. We will be expanding our hours in the near future. We see patients by appointment only.


  • Do I need to have an appointment?
    Yes, patients are seen by appointment.


  • What forms of payment do you accept?
    We accept cash, check, Mastercard, Discover, Visa, and American Express.


  • Can I make payments?
    Payment is required at the time of service.


  • How long will an appointment take?
    Your appointment will not be rushed. An appointment may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.

  • SatchmoWhat should I expect during the appointment?
    We will first discuss your pet's condition, and we will do a brief physical exam. If you have decided to humanely euthanize your pet, then we will take care of the paperwork and payment so that we can then turn our full attention to your pet. In almost all cases, we will give an injectable sedative first. In some cases pets will become unconscious within just a few minutes, and in other cases, depending on your pet's medical condition, it may take up to 15 minutes or longer. When your pet is fully sedated, we will then proceed with the euthanasia solution. This will not be painful. It is an overdose of a barbiturate, that will allow your pet to gently pass away. We will let you know what we are doing during the procedure. 

  • What happens after the euthanasia appointment?
    If you wish to have your pet cremated, we will transport your pet, unless you decide that you want to do the transporting yourself. We usually only have one doctor, and possibly one assistant with us, so if you have a large pet, we may need help moving your pet to our vehicle afterwards. We will discuss this prior to your appointment.

  • How do I know if the time has come to euthanize my pet?
    Your pet's quality of life may be declining when they are no longer interested in the things that they used to like, such as going for walks, eating special treats, hanging out with the family, and playing with other pets. We can help you assess your pet's quality of life, by evaluating things like their level of pain, interest in activities, appetite and activity level, mobility issues, and breathing issues. It is also important to assess if they are having more good days or bad days. For more guidance, please click here or call us