Dog Euthanasia

Euthanasia – The Final Act of Caring

It’s a reality that in your lifetime, you’ll have more than one best friend.

Dogs and Cats have shorter life spans than us. They grow old and eventually – they will leave us. And as they get older we begin to see the subtle changes the aging process brings with it.

Although these days – many old age related illnesses can be effectively managed through various therapies, there will come a time when these are no longer adequate in maintaining your pet’s quality of life.

This now forces you to consider the final act of kindness – euthanasia.

The word euthanasia comes from the Greek combination of “Eu” meaning well or good and “Thanatos” – meaning death. Translated this results in “Good Death.Dog Euthanasia

The Euthanasia Process

True to the meaning of the word – when putting an animal to sleep or performing euthanasia – the aim is to provide a painless and peaceful passing for that animal.

An injection of a concentrated drug is used to induce deep anaesthesia during which the heart stops beating. Sedation is routinely used beforehand to ensure your pet is relaxed and not anxious or in pain.  This is a time you can your final goodbyes while your pet is still aware of your presence though deeply relaxed.

This procedure is performed at the clinic although you can choose to have an at home euthanasia if you prefer.

Making a Plan for Saying Goodbye to Your Pet

When Euthanasia becomes a consideration a powerful positive action is to make a plan for their passing. This not only helps you and your family become more emotionally prepared for the event, it also helps reduce any regrets about not having done things you wish you’d thought of earlier.

A Basic plan would include:

  • Where the euthanasia is to take place
  • Who will be present?
    • The whole family? Including any children?
    • Just you?
    • You don’t want to be present
  • Do you want to arrange time for any other friend or relative to say goodbye to your pet?
  • Have you organised a time to discuss the process with your vet?
  • Have you decided on body care (aftercare) options?
    • Cremation (Individual or communal)
    • General communal burial (These are at undisclosed sites)
    • Burial at home
    • Do you want to take special photos of your pet for remembrance?
    • Do you want to have a special day out to your pet’s favourite place or organise a special activity for them to add to your memories of special moments.

These are just a few ideas that we pass on to our clients and the feedback we receive has always been extremely positive.

Clients never regret spending extra time with their pet. They regret NOT having spent that time.