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
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).
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 Pets to Rest. They offer a plastic scatter box, wooden memorial box, wooden photo box, and an urn.
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.