Euthanasia and Cremation
When the time comes to say goodbye to your loved one, we provide a compassionate environment to help your pet pass peacefully and without pain. If you are concerned or unsure if now is the right time, call or email and discuss with us.
When is the right time?
There is usually no 100 percent right time which can make this decision so difficult. The best advice is to discuss it with your vet and then trust your own instincts. You know your pet better than anyone and will have a good idea if he or she is suffering or not. Unfortunately, you can’t expect a clear sign and have to weigh up a decision like your pets quality of life, what type of disease they suffer from and expected progression. Consider what the family is able to endure; do you want every possible second with their pet and will undergo expensive or uncertain treatments, or if they want to forestall their pet’s suffering.
And it’s good to remember animals have good and bad days toward the end. Don’t feel you have done something wrong should euthanasia take place on a day your pet is feeling well. This is a common guilt and it should not be.
What can we do to make it easier for pets and yourself?
There is no right answer here but some people have been comforted by celebrating the pets life in some way before you get to the last days. Perhaps create a bucket list of experiences for your pet such as revisit their favourite places and give them some favourite foods.
Before the Euthanasia
First, decide if you would like to be present during the procedure. As hard as it may be to watch your pet pass away, remember that your presence will be a comfort in your pet’s final moments. If you want the euthanasia to take place at home, we can arrange a house call, where our friendly staff can come to you. Ask about the vet’s process during the euthanasia.
Our staff will ask you to sign a consent form before your vet can proceed and they will walk you through aftercare options, helping you work out what it the best option for you and your pet.
Our team work closely with a Newcastle and Hunter Pet Crematorium and can organise cremation for your pet.
Alternatively, you may wish to bring your pet’s remains home so you can bury them at home.
Then our staff will ask you to settle the bill in advance. The last thing you will want is a tearful wait in the lobby to pay your bill after your pet is gone.
What happens during euthanasia?
An intravenous catheter will be placed in your dog’s foreleg. This will allow easier access to the vein and make the injection process quick and painless for your pet. It may also help decrease the chance of complications during the injection. The euthanasia solution is then injected into your pet’s vein, where it rapidly travel throughout the body. Within just a few seconds, your dog will become unconscious, experiencing no pain or suffering. Breathing will slow down and then stop over the next several seconds. Typically, Euthanasia is a very peaceful process.
What happens after euthanasia?
Your vet will provide you with some time and privacy with your deceased pet to say final goodbyes.