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End of Life & Pet Euthanasia

End of Life & Pet Euthanasia

We understand the decision to euthanise a beloved pet is one of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make. It’s important you have all the information and professional support you need before making that decision. We are here to guide you through the pet euthanasia process.

What You Need to Know About Pet Euthanasia

If you have a pet whose pain or condition can not be minimised or managed effectively, your vet may suggest pet euthanasia. Your vet can provide guidance on whether euthanasia is appropriate, based on your pet’s quality of life.

You can be assured that if your vet does recommend euthanasia, it is the most compassionate option for your pet.

This does not make the decision necessarily any easier but it can help to know that you are making the right choice for your beloved pet. Even so, it’s not unusual for pet owners to experience a range of emotions including grief, guilt and relief. There are no right or wrong ways to feel when it comes to pet euthanasia.

Your decision to euthanise your pet may be a necessary one but it is also highly personal, brave and an act of compassion.

We understand this at Port Kennedy Vets and will do everything we can to assist you in your decision-making, as well as support you and your pet leading up to and during the process.

The Pet Euthanasia Process

The pet euthanasia procedure itself is designed to be painless and peaceful, with your pet kept as comfortable as possible for the whole process.

Typically, your pet will be lightly sedated before being given a large dose of general anaesthetic to complete the procedure.

You have the option to stay with your pet for the procedure, stroking and cuddling them and saying your goodbyes. It is completely up to you whether you stay with your pet. You and your pet will be fully supported regardless of your decision.

You are also welcome to have a friend or family present to provide emotional support.

For more information about pet euthanasia or to discuss your pet’s options, contact our professional and caring team today.