We understand that saying goodbye to a much loved family pet is an extremely difficult time even when you know the kindest thing is to let go. Just like any member of our family, we never want to see our pet suffer. We can examine your pet to help you understand your options, and when all other options have been explored and the decision is made to say good-bye, we’ll do our best to make the process as stress free as possible – for both you and your pet.
Euthanasia is a service that is available at our veterinary hospital and in your home.
What is the euthanasia process?
We will place a small plastic cannula in the vein usually in one of your pet's front legs, and attach a plastic tube to the cannula. Sometimes it is necessary to give a sedative to calm a really nervous animal prior to euthanasia. When you are ready, the vet, with the assistance of a veterinary nurse, will give an overdose of a barbiturate (a strong anaesthetic) into the plastic tube. Your pet will not feel this injection and you can cuddle them throughout. Sometimes your pet will take a couple of very big ‘breaths’ or make a ‘noise’. This is not a real breath or noise but a reflex only – your pet is unaware this is happening. As everything relaxes your pet might pass urine (wee).
Afterwards we give you as much time and space as you need with your pet.
The decision whether or not to stay with the pet is a very personal decision. This should preferably be made in advance and if you are unsure we are here to help you with advice.
What happens after euthanasia?
Following euthanasia there are three options:
• Burial by you at your home or property
• Leaving your animal with us at the clinic for group burial
• Individual cremation with return your pet's ashes – We organise this for you through Pet Memories who will personally collect and return your pet to the clinic.