I agree. An extra charge to remain with your pet during euthanasia is just not right, unless there's something strange going on that we're just not understanding here. I'd find another vet, unless this is the vet that's treated the cat his whole life...and even then, I'd be really asking why the surcharge and why exactly are they discouraging pet owners attending their pets' euthanasias? Is there a difference in how they're going to do it if the owner is there? Or is it that the vet doesn't do well at dealing with client grief and wants to minimize his contact with it?
When I hit that stray cat just after Christmas, the vet I took him to didn't charge me for the euthanasia, even though I offered to pay for it. I mean, yes, vets charge for euthanasia and remains disposal, I would expect my vet to charge me when and if I need to let Assumpta go, and I would expect an extra charge if she did it as a house call (which is what I'd ideally want), but if she told me it would cost extra just if I wanted to be in the room, I'd go ballistic, I really would.