We have a great privilege as Vets and indeed owners to end suffering in our pets when the time is right. It is usually undertaken when we cannot cure or manage your pet’s condition, meaning without such intervention they would end up suffering.
Euthanasia, or ‘good death,’ is a dignified end to your pet’s life and a service that we offer; and do so in an empathetic way. It is a very difficult decision to make, but here at Caring Vets we can help you make such a decision if the situation arises.
Remember though, it is always best to consider it sooner rather than later when faced with a terminal condition or something that cannot be managed appropriately. We always advise you to put yourself in your pet’s position, ask yourself what you would wish if you were them at that point in time. Does your pet have a good quality of life? Will they recover easily? What are the complications long term?
We will never rush you with this decision, and will spend time guiding you through the process and discuss all the pros and cons. All of our staff have experienced the same with their own pets and can totally relate to you when the time comes.
The service we offer at our Caring Vets range from the basic euthanasia with your pet going for a communal cremation, to you taking your pet home with you, to individual cremations meaning you can get their ashes returned to you. We can even attend you at your own home if this is a more appropriate environment for you/your pet.
Wherever it is done we always encourage you to bring a few friends and/or family members for support. Failing that our clinical team will be here for you.
Everything is explained prior to euthanasia and the specific method we would use for your pet. The majority of the time it is a simple injection into their vein, where they only feel a little scratch then drift off to sleep. Other methods may be needed if access to their veins are not possible, or depending on the species of your pet. In every situation there is no pain/suffering involved.
You have the choice to be present or indeed step outside while it is done, whatever makes you more comfortable.
After your pet has passed away you are welcome to spend time with them saying your final goodbyes.
Remember, staff at Caring Vets will always be there to support you, even if you need to chat days-weeks after the euthanasia. Alternatively, you may need more support and as such we would recommend speaking to someone at The Blue Cross.