We consider euthanasia as the time in our patients lives that need to be handled with the most respect – after all, we as veterinarians are the only medical professionals, legally allowed to perform this procedure to alleviate suffering peacefully.
“There’s no place like home” and with the end-of-life experience being one of the most emotional times your family will go through, the privacy of the home is often considered the best option for the pet and the family left behind.
Will give you privacy
We will not be in your face during the procedure, and between the sedation component and the final euthansia, we allow you as much time as you want and need to spend in the final moments saying goodbye. At this time, we will wait outside or in an inconspicuous part of the room.
Can I keep some hair or a paw print?
Yes, you can request anything you like, and we will do our best to help you – whether that is trimming a lock of hair, bringing clay with us so your pet’s paw print can be immortalised, or taking photos before your pet is sedated.
What do we do after euthanasia has concluded?
You can bury your pet (check with local council first), or allow us to take your pet back to the clinic to be privately cremated and if you wish for your pet to be returned to you, there are a number of keepsakes you can choose. Even though your pet will have passed away, we still handle your pet with dignity and respect.
You can leave the entire process after euthanasia to us, to coordinate the after care, so your family can spend time on grieving and supporting each other over the coming days.
Should I say goodbye first or be there for the process?
You are allowed to sit with your pet and shower him/her with love and reassurance throughout the process, but we understand if you want to say your goodbyes before we begin the euthanasia process.
Many families choose to stay present for the sedation part of the procedure so they can say good bye and watch their pet drift off to sleep, but don’t want to be present for the final injection where pets can go to the toilet and that can be distressing to the family
How does the actual process happen & what are the steps to be prepared for?
We use pet rest.