Why we have to say goodbye to our pets

All pet owners are saddened by the thought of saying goodbye to their pet. However there comes a time when the difficult decision to euthanase or put your pet “to sleep” needs to be made. The decision to euthanase your pet is based upon your pets quality of life. If your pet is suffering from illness or old age for example, euthanasia may be considered the best treatment option for your pet. Its aim is to end suffering for your pet in a humane and pain free way.

What choices do you have when making this decision?

WellPet staffs truly understand how difficult and emotional this decision can be and that every pet and pet owner is different. WellPet therefore offer various options to help make the process as comfortable as possible for you and your pet. These include; choosing to bring your pet into the hospital or choosing to have the procedure take place in the comfort of your home. You have the option of being present with your pet in their final moments or for our staff to be there instead if you do not wish to be present.

What is involved?

When you see the vet with your pet they will consult with you and confirm your decision, and answer any questions you might have. You will be required to sign consent for the procedure to take place. The vet will then place an intravenous catheter in your pet’s forelimb and give your pet an intravenous or muscular sedation prior to the euthanasia taking place. This means that you can spend time with your pet and they will feel calm and relaxed during their final moments. Your pet will then, when you are ready, receive an intravenous injection of pentobarbitone, a potent form of anaesthetic, in which allows your pet to fall into a deep sleep and pass away quickly, painlessly and peacefully.

What happens to my pet after they pass away?

After your pet has passed away, you may then take your pet home for burial, we can arrange group burial through our burial service or you can elect to have your pet cremated. We can make all the necessary arrangements for cremation through a company called PetRest. Your pets ashes are beautifully preserved in your choice of urn, box or even jewellery or teddy bear.

Is it time to say goodbye?

If you need help planning your beloved pets end of life care, please contact our friendly team to help you through this difficult process.