Please Note: There have been some changes due to COVID-19. Services are currently being performed outdoors when possible, or in the largest, most open area in your home. 

The authorization form is online, under the "More Information" tab. Please fill it out & e-mail it to Journey's End 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 protective gear 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. We are constantly reassessing our COVID protocols, and trying to accomodate families while protecting the most vulnerable clients that we see. At this time, Dr. Sernik is going into people's homes, but masks are still required. We will be very close together, with our faces sometimes inches apart. In addition, people are often crying and touching their faces. Since the information on the new delta variant of COVID is unclear, 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. You will be called just before the appointment. Appointments may be slightly delayed due to the lengthy disinfection & preparation process between each home visit. If your pet is coming with Dr. Sernik, please have a clean sheet (fitted sheets work especially well for larger dogs) or to wrap him or her in afterwards, one that has not been used recently in the home. This should NOT be the blanket that your pet is on for the euthanasia. Hopefully we can return soon to having the option to be anywhere in your home, but for now, we need to be in a large open area or outside. This will still allow for a peaceful passing at home, while keeping everyone safer. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

     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 several veins to make it easier to see them, because the euthanasia solution works most quickly when given intravenously.  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.