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Saying Goodbye

Making the decision to euthanize your pet is one of the hardest things we are faced with, but it is often the kindest thing you can do if your pet is extremely ill or severely injured that it cannot maintain a good quality of life.

How will I know it is time?

When your pet:

  • Cannot enjoy the daily experiences

  • Cannot respond to you in its usual way

  • Experiences more pain than pleasure

Your veterinarian cannot make the decision to euthanase for you. But they can help you understand your pet’s condition, chances of
recovery, potential outcomes, long term prognoses, and the risks involved with medical and surgical options. It is important that you ask
as many questions as you can to help you understand your pet’s condition and discuss the facts with your vet, family, and friends before
making the decision.


How can I say goodbye?

Saying goodbye is an important step in the grieving process. You may choose to do this as a family unit or individually. You may also choose
to be with the pet for the procedure or choose not to be. It is important you choose what is comfortable for you and not to feel pressured in
your decision.


What happens during the procedure?

Euthanasia is accomplished by the delivery of a euthanasia drug into the leg vein. It induces a deep and irreversible unconsciousness and ultimately a quick and painless death.

Occasionally, your pet may be given a sedative to help relax them prior to the procedure.

How to manage the loss?

Managing grief is a natural and individual process. It is the process of accepting the loss and the pain associated with it (denial, sadness, anger, anxiety, numbness, guilt) and adjusting to life without your pet. 

You may wish to spend time with the pet after euthanasia or you may wish to surround yourself with friends and family.

If you ever feel profound and prolonged depression, always seek assistance from a professional counselor, a social worker, or psychologist.

Lifeline offers 24/7 support via online chat or phone (13 11 14).

Other resources:

What happens to my pet’s body?

There are many options for your pet’s final resting place:

1. Home burial - please ensure you comply with the local council legislation.

2. Individual cremation – we can organise individual cremation through Newcastle & Hunter Pet Crematorium. They offer a basic casket/scatter box, wooden casket, deluxe photo box, pottery urn, brass urn. They also have jewellery and other memorials online (

3. Standard disposal – if you do not wish to have the remains returned, we can arrange group burial/cremation.

You can choose to keep your pet’s collar and can request to receive an ink paw print of your pet. 

In-home euthanasia.

Unfortunately we are not currently able to offer in-home euthanasia.

Rest Your Paws is our trusted provider for end-of-life veterinary care in the comfort of your home.

If you need help making decisions, or need assistance when the clinic is closed, their team is available 7 days a week, 8am-11pm, on 0422157675, or

For more information you can visit their website

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