How to Prepare for Euthanising Your Dog or Cat

by | Feb 22, 2024

The decision regarding euthanasia is often one of the hardest you may ever have to make, and it is often confusing and upsetting to decide what’s best. However, once you have decided that euthanasia is the kindest, or even the only option, then you will need to prepare yourself and your family for what happens next. It can be helpful to think about:

  • Understanding the process by speaking to your pet euthanasia care provider, either your veterinary practice team, or a specialist euthanasia service, about things like when, where, how and what happens, the fees involved, etc.
  • Taking some time off from work so that you can prepare emotionally and process it all.
  • Spending some quality time with your pet.
  • Being accompanied by a trusted friend or relative for support, especially if you are alone.
  • Considering a home euthanasia service which ensures privacy, comfort, and unrushed time to say goodbye.
  • Deciding if children and other pets should present
  • Thinking about aftercare arrangements such cremation and also how you want to remember your pet – things like paw prints, hair locks, photo tributes, etc.