Assisting injured, sick and elderly pets to die has always been an accepted practice. This accepted means to humanely alleviate the suffering of animals is referred to as euthanasia. You may also hear people call it, 'putting the animal to sleep' or 'putting the animal out of its misery'. This is the hardest decision a pet owner will ever have to make about their pet. It is often a decision that must be made after many years of devoted love and companionship between owner and pet. Sometimes an owner will meet with judgmental condemnation concerning this matter from others. It takes courage to consider this option. It is always a good idea to seek the advice of your vet.

Be prepared to answer questions about your pet's behavior in recent weeks and days. Has your pet been eating and drinking liquids? Has your pet been as active as usual? Does your pet respond to you in his/her usual manner? Does your pet appear to be in pain? Is your pet's elimination of urine and feces normal? Has the pet been having accidents and using the bathroom in the house? Write down any information that you need to tell the vet.

After furnishing the vet with this information, the pet will need to be examined by the doctor. The vet can determine if the pet is suffering from a terminal illness, has an injury or illness that cannot be successfully treated, or if the animal is in continual discomfort that cannot be eased with medicine. 

Euthanasia In Your Veterinarian's office

If you choose to go to your veterinarian's office or if you have an emergency and end up at the emergency veterinary facility, we can assist you with transportation for cremation. We work exclusively with many veterinarians in a 30 mile radius of Wilmington, Delaware. Confirm with your vet that they use our service, and if they do, all you need to do is let them know of your wishes for either a private or communal cremation and we will handle the rest with them. If they do not exclusively use Delaware Pet Cremation and you wish for us to handle the cremation, ask them to hold your pet for us, then call us and we will make arrangements to go to your vet for you.

Euthanasia In Your Home

Facing the loss of your pet is one of the most difficult experiences in life. We are here to help you get through it. Being at home for the procedure allows you and your family to endure the pain of letting go in the privacy of your own home. Giving your pet the comfort and security of home allows you and your pet to be more relaxed and you can focus on them. Soft candles and gentle music can also add to the much more serene setting. We work with the area’s best mobile veterinarians and can assist you in making the necessary arrangements for an in-home euthanasia.  We know when most of the vets listed below are available and can expedite contact if time is of the essence.  The other option is for you to contact the Vet directly and make all the arrangements including transportation to us. The fee for in home euthanasia typically ranges between $200-$300, paid directly to the vet. The cremation charges will depend on your choice of private or communal and ranges between $75-350.

If you are interested in having euthanasia done in the comfort of your own home, please call us to make arrangements or you can contact one of the veterinarians listed below.

New Castle County and Surrounding areas

Avanti Vet

Dr. Rob Teti



Chesapeake Mobile Vet

Dr. Dawn McKenzie

(302) 521-8206


  House Call Pet Doctor

Dr. Caroline Wieczorek

(302) 234-7848


Lindsey’s Well Pet Mobile Vet

Dr. Ethel Lindsey

(302) 559-1740


Dr. Kathy Olsen

(302) 656-7291



Cecil County MD and Surrounding Area

A Call Away

Dr. Mindy Carletti

(443) 309-8174

West Chester/Kennett Square Area

Avanti Vet

Dr. Rob Teti



Dr. Kim Knipe

(610) 823-4148


Dr. Karen Clark-Rubin



Lap of Love

Dr. Brad Bates

(267) 317-8110

Dr. Brad works exclusively with Delaware Pet. We handle all the cremation for Lap of Love Philadelphia.