Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Alberta, Canada
Hi. I'm a vet. I think what pataflafla said sounds about right. Extra charge for the catheter and appointment time. When we have to euthanize a pet, if the owner doesn't wish to be present, we generally just give the injection with a needle. If the owner wants to be present, we place a catheter first, because it's usually less traumatic for the owner to not have to see a needle. Plus, it seems harder to get a vein with a needle when the owner is there watching, upset, etc.
Having said that, we never charge extra for the owner to be there. I encourage the owner to be there, if they are comfortable doing so. Euthanasia is a peaceful procedure. We basically only charge to cover our costs. We don't charge an exam fee if the pet has been a patient of ours. When I was a student I worked at a vet's office that didn't charge anything, just asked for a donation that was then given to an animal charity.
We do have to charge a lot for cremation, but that's because we have to pay someone else to do it. We don't make a profit on this.
I'd say if you like this vet and can afford it, just pay the extra, or like others have said, look elsewhere.
I'm sorry you have to go through this.