Some pets pass peacefully on their own, but in many cases you may have to make the decision to Euthanise (“Put to Sleep”) a beloved pet due to injury, disease, old age etc.
It is an intensely personal decision, often difficult and heart breaking.
If you feel it is nearing the time to say goodbye to your pet, please speak to a member of our team, while a vet cannot make the final decision for any pet owner – we can provide advice, explain medical conditions, treatment options etc, so that you will have the knowledge to make an informed decision. When it comes to old age or disease, most pet owners generally have an idea of what is a ‘Good’ or a ‘Bad’ day in their pets lives. Evaluate your pets quality of life, when the ‘bad’ days consistently begin to out-weigh the ‘good’ days, it is probably time to say goodbye. It is always a good idea to speak to family members at this time also, as they may assist you in your decision.
It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the general process involved in euthanasia. This can help eliminate any anxiety or stress and gives you a better idea of what to expect on the day itself.
What to expect: Euthanasia is a relatively painless process. Most pets only feel a slight pinch when the vet and nurse place the IV line in the leg. They will then administer the drug, which allows the pet to quickly and painlessly drift to sleep. It is a peaceful time, once your pet has passed, the vet and nurse will leave you to be with your pet.
To stay or go? – You may want to be with your pet while they are put to sleep, you can hold them or be near them during the entire process. Or you may prefer to say your goodbye and leave prior to the IV line being inserted. It is entirely an individual decision, there is no right or wrong choice. We will accommodate whatever you feel, is right for you.
What happens after? – There are two main options; you can take your pet home with you or you can opt for cremation.
Cremation is carried out by an external company and there are two options they offer:
General Cremation: With this option, there are no ashes returned to the owner.
Individual Cremation: Your pets ashes will be returned to you in a tribute box/urn/scatter tube (chosen by you).
At Allpets our team understands saying a final goodbye to your pet who has become part of your family is a difficult and emotional time. When you have made the final decision, you can contact us to arrange an appointment and it is generally at this stage that we will run through the options with you.
We will always try to book an appointment for you and your pet at a quiet time during the day. We have a specially designated family room in the hospital, where everyone can say goodbye and spend time with your pet comfortably.
On request, our nurses can arrange a complimentary clay paw print imprint /hair clipping, for those who would like to have a keepsake of their pet.
It is natural to grieve after the loss of your pet, it can be a very emotional time. Click here and you will be redirected to the Solace Pet Loss website, who provide further information on how to cope with your loss.