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Pet Euthanasia - What to Expect

Pet Euthanasia is a difficult and emotional decision.

It is such a sad experience for people, so my hope is to make it just that little bit easier by providing empathy and compassion to each and every euthanasia I am involved in.

What to expect:

It starts from the phone call...

When you call the clinic to make the appointment, I will schedule in a time that is the least busy, to provide you with privacy and respect. I will go thru with you the options for cremation, we have 3 wonderful companies that I have personally used and work closely with, all are family businesses with the pets best interest in mind. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the procedure.

When you arrive for your appointment, I will lead you to our “Comfort Room”, a calm and quiet consult room where you can have a cup of green tea and relax on the couch before we get underway. Tissues are always close by.

There is some paperwork to fill in and the account can be settled beforehand if you wish.

Your pet will have a comfortable bed, blanket or rug to sit on. Feel free to bring their favourite treat, something that they are not normally allowed to eat (I had a client once that bought in a whole box of Lindt chocolate!) and make them feel at home.

The Veterinarian will be in shortly. We will sometimes place an IV catheter in your pet’s front leg, as so to access the vein for the euthanasia solution. This is an overdose of anaesthetic, which stops the heart and their breathing slows and will eventually stop. It is important to know that unfortunately, their eyes do not close.

Once they have passed, you are able to spend as much time as you need to be with your pet. Please do not feel embarrassed, or in a rush to leave.

I encourage all family members to be present, as everyone grieves differently.

When it is time to go, please be assured that I will look after your pet as if they were my own. Make sure you are in a state to drive home, we are happy to organise alternative transport home for you. We want you to get home safely.

In the days passing, We ask for you to contact the cremation service directly as they all offer slightly different services and vessels for your pet’s ashes.

Alternatively, if you would prefer a burial service at home, this can also be arranged.

Losing a pet is like losing a family member. If you are not coping with the loss, grief counselling is available and recommended.

Tracey - Pet Eden, Grief Counselling for Pet Owners

For more information about the services above, please visit their websites:

Lawnswood Pet Cremations and Cemetery

If your vet is unable to make a home visit; please consider the following vets:

Pets at Peace Home Vet

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