Please Note: Due to COVID-19 & other bugs, services are currently being performed in a large open area in your home or outside if the weather is nice.

The authorization form is online, under the "More Information" tab. Please fill it out & e-mail it to Journey's End by the evening before your appointment. If you cannot email the form, you can print it out, fill in the form by hand VERY NEATLY & CLEARLY, scan it, then email that to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you do not have a scanner, you can take the form you have filled out CLEARLY by hand, lay it on a flat, BRIGHTLY LIT surface, and take a picture. The form should fill the entire shot, and should look white, not gray or yellow. Send this photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 407-227-0968.

You MUST wear masks; Dr. Sernik will be wearing a mask as well. Your mask should securely cover your nose and mouth, and remain on as long as you are close to Dr. Sernik. If you need to blow your nose, please step away, then sanitize your hands afterwards. Dr. Sernik will give your pet a sedative injection, then can step away, if you would like, so that you can be with your pet unmasked. Masks need to be on for the second injection, when everyone is close together, but Dr. Sernik wil step away again afterwards, to give you time unmasked with your pet.

We are constantly reassessing our protocols, and trying to accomodate families while protecting the most vulnerable clients that we see. We will be very close together, with our faces sometimes inches apart. In addition, people are often crying and touching their faces. We are erring on the side of caution to protect medically vulnerable clients, such as those with cancer, diabetes, COPD, immune disorders, etc. 

Payment is by check, cash, or credit card. There is a discount for cash or checks.

You will be called just before the appointment.

If your pet is coming with Dr. Sernik for cremation, please have a clean sheet for larger dogs (fitted sheets work especially well), and a towel or pillow case for smaller dogs or cats, to wrap them in afterwards. This should be freshly washed or new. Your pet SHOULD NOT be lying on this for the euthanasia. We do not want wrap them in something that may have gotten soiled during the euthanasia process.

     Owners should select and prepare a comfortable place for their pet.  It could be a soft bed, couch, ottoman, a comforter on the floor, or outside.  Just be aware that sometimes urine or feces can be released after a pet has passed away, and so nice furniture should be protected with a waterproof layer.  I will bring special pads for this purpose, but leakage can still occur.  Adequate lighting is also helpful.

     When you are ready I will administer an injection of a strong sedative.  Over the next ten to twenty minutes, your pet will become relaxed and sleepy while you comfort and pet him or her.

     When your pet is completely relaxed, I will shave the fur over a vein to make it easier to see it.  I try to use a vein in the back leg to allow owners to be alone at their pet's head, but owners should understand that in older, sicker pets, veins may be harder to access, and there may be a better vein in a front leg. If the pet's veins are difficult to access, the euthanasia solution can be given in alternate, equally painless, locations.

     When everyone is ready, I will administer the solution that actually helps your pet pass peacefully.  It is simply an overdose of anesthesia and usually works very quickly.  Often the pet has passed before I even finish giving the injection.  When certain conditions like heart disease or dehydration are present, it may take a bit longer.  Owners should be aware that sometimes there can be reflex movement, last breaths, or even vocalization, though this is very rare.  The important thing to realize is that your pet is not feeling any pain or discomfort because of the powerful sedative that has been given.  Sometimes urine or feces can be released after the pet is gone as well.  Some pets do not close their eyes.

     The whole process is painless and peaceful.

     Afterwards, your pet will be wrapped in the clean towel, sheet or pillow case you provide. Fitted sheets work especially well for larger dogs. The wrap for afterwards should NOT be the one your friend is lying on for the euthanasia. You may send a small stuffed animal, notes, photos, or flowers that you wish to be cremated with them. 

Note: If your pet weighs more than 25 lbs., please plan to have someone available who can help Dr. Sernik bring him or her to the vehicle. Pets over 100 lbs. will require two people to help carry.