Euthanasia

The Final Act of Caring
Euthanasia means ‘good death’ and is the act of humanely ending an animal’s life. The entire process goes gently and smoothly, and your pet will pass peacefully. When no more options are available to prevent suffering, euthanasia becomes the kindest choice. Many decisions usually need to be made going forward and your veterinary team is there to help guide and support you through this process. Please feel free to ask questions and trust that everyone has your pet’s best interest at heart. Here are some things that you may need to consider.

Who Will Be Present

Think about who you want present for your pet’s passing: children, other pets, extended family members or friends. Everyone is welcome to be there, however, no one is ever made to stay. People may choose to remain present or move away.

Choosing The Day and Time

The right time to choose euthanasia is a combination of when the decision has been made and those wanting to be present are able to be there. Decide on the preferred day and time; remember that this needs to work for the vet’s schedule as well, but always keeping in mind your pet’s health and what is best for them.

Where In The Home

In deciding exactly where, we often consider things like where your pet is most comfortable, safety, privacy, sufficient space for everyone, and post-euthanasia body handling. Sometimes a compromise is necessary.

Aftercare Preparations

You will need to decide on the arrangements for your pet afterwards. Finalising details before euthanasia will minimize decision-making after. Options may include burial at home, cremation, a private service at a crematorium, and more, depending on what is available. We have also attached a list of the caskets and urns available for individual cremation.

Grief Support

It is important to take care of yourself before, during, and after the euthanasia of your beloved pet. It is helpful to surround yourself with people who understand your bond and how difficult this loss may be. Your veterinary practice often has information about pet loss support groups, books, and other resources to assist you in your time of grief. Remember, you are not alone. Your pet is special and losing them may be overwhelming.

What Does The Procedure Involve?

When the vet arrives he will explain what will happen and the order that things will take place. You will need to sign a “Consent Form” to allow the euthanasia to be performed. You can choose to be present for the entire procedure, or leave before or during, as you feel comfortable. Euthanasia is achieved by administering an anaesthetic overdose that will quickly and gently end a life. To help facilitate a relaxed and peaceful process with little or no pain or anxiety, our vet will recommend a sedative be given initially to induce a deep sleep. You will be given as much private time as you need before and after for a final goodbye. Then the vet will take your pet away if you have chosen cremation.