A caring farewell for your beloved pet

About Euthanasia

Making the decision to end your pet’s life is one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do. Euthanasia is often the kindest choice when your pet has poor quality of life, due to age or health concerns.

We recommend asking your vet for advice when you feel that it could be time. While they can’t make the decision for you they can give you valuable guidance.

This usually involves injecting a concentrated euthanasia anaesthetic into your pet’s foreleg. Your pet will become unconscious shortly after with normally a couple of short breaths and minor muscle twitches before passing. At this point the vet will check for a heartbeat with a stethoscope.


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Euthanasia – The Kinder Solution 

Euthanasia has many definitions but literally means a quiet, gentle and painless way of dying. 

The decision to end your pet’s life is never easy. It is a personal, loving decision to euthanize a pet for which the quality of life has deteriorated.

How Will I Know When It Is The Right Time?

The Local Vet is an invaluable source of advice when you feel the time for euthanasia. Unfortunately your vet cannot make the decision for you, but can help you decide when it is the best time to let go. 

When you are ready, your pet is given an injection of a concentrated anaesthetic designed for euthanasia; this is usually injected into a vein of the pet’s foreleg or occasionally into another site. The procedure is very quick and the pet falls asleep. Although completely unconscious, there maybe some minor muscle twitches and short breaths. It is very common for a pet’s eyes to stay open even after they pass away. The vet will check the pet’s heartbeat with a stethoscope.

What Will You Decide To Do With Your Pet After Euthanasia?

  1. The first choice is pet cremation. Pets Eternal Tranquillity can collect your pet from home or the vet clinic after euthanasia. Pet cremation services are legally obliged to return only the ashes of the pet specified. The ashes can be returned to you in a beautiful urn of your choice. 
  2. Some owners like to bury their pets at home. Pets Eternal Tranquillity supports these owners by offering burial bags, crosses and coffins. 
  3. The final option is to ask the veterinary staff to handle the aftercare, this has many definitions but literally means landfill It is your last responsibility to a pet who has given so much unconditional love and companionship.