Home pet euthanasia makes saying goodbye easier

It's not easy to say goodbye to your cherished dog or cat, even those that have lived long and happy lives. Although you may hate the thought of life without your pet, home euthanasia can be the kindest decision you can make when your pet is old or terminally ill.

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See what other pet owners are saying about our pet euthanasia service:

Nelly-Bear Soldo
28 November at 22:38
It has taken me awhile to be able to write this but here goes. My family had to make the hardest decision recently to put our old girl Molly down. She hated going to the vet so the thought of taking her there was unberable. Thankfully I came across Pawssum and they gave us a way to do what we needed to in the kindest possible way. The vet who came to our house was amazing. He as so respectful of us all... even my not quite 5 year old human baby responded well to him which is out of character as well as out other furbabe who was not threatened and seemed to just get it..... again out of character Molly gave him a lick as to say thank you which helped us accept what we were doing was right and even after she passed he treated her with the upmost respect. Could not have asked for a better vet to go through this process with.
Tanya Hui
26 October
Christine was extremely kind and professional on a very emotional and stressful day for our family. We could not have asked for a more peaceful end for my mother's dog. Thanks so much Christine, we really appreciate it. In addition, Pawssum's pricing was hundreds of dollars cheaper than the local vet.
Kate H-B

19 August at 10:55
Pawssum are a fantastic service! We had Dr Chris Fernandes, she was so friendly and all of my animals loved her. We sadly had to put my old girl down last week unexpectedly. Pawssum had a vet to me within 2 hrs of booking and Dr Chris come back the next day to put her to sleep. Everyone was so understanding, responsive and caring from the first call to the returning of her remains. Pawssum allowed me to give my girl a peaceful, stress free final day in the comfort of her own home. I highly recommend Pawssum and will be using them for all my regular pet needs in the future.
Making the decision

If your pet has been seriously injured and is not expected to recover, euthanasia is clearly the most humane option. The choice is not always so clear in other situations. Ups and downs are common when pets suffer from chronic diseases, which can make the decision more difficult.

Evaluating quality of life

Does your pet still enjoy life, despite the illness or condition? If your pet is in constant pain or discomfort, despite medical treatment, and does not seem to get any enjoyment out of life, it may be time to consider euthanasia. Signs that your pet may have a poor quality of life include:

  • Pain that cannot be controlled with medication. In many cases, pets can continue to enjoy life if their pain is relieved by medications. When medication no longer helps, it may be the right time for euthanasia. If you have difficulty gauging the pain level, ask our veterinarians for input.
  • Constant gastrointestinal issues. As your pet becomes sicker, vomiting and diarrhoea can become daily occurrences. Not surprisingly, these issues can cause your furry friend to lose weight and become dehydrated and lethargic.
  • Difficulty Breathing. Is every breath a struggle for your pet? Trouble breathing can be very uncomfortable and even painful.
  • Prognosis. Talk to our veterinarians about his or her prognosis? In some cases, even aggressive treatment will not save your companion, but will prolong suffering. When your pet's prognosis is poor, euthanasia can prevent unnecessary suffering.
  • Incontinence. At some point, a seriously ill pet may no longer to control its bladder or bowels.
  • Inability to walk. As your pet becomes weaker, walking can become an issue. Mobility can also be an issue if a stroke or other condition affects your pet's hind legs. Slings can help older dogs get up and navigate short distances and specialty designed wheelchairs can help pets with limb immobility and may be a good choice if your pet is in otherwise good health – be sure to ask our partner vets about options.
Who should be involved in the decision?

Including all members of your household in the decision can prevent hurt feelings during an already emotional time. Explain that your pet will not recover from the illness or condition and is suffering, despite the excellent care you have provided. Even younger children can be involved in the discussion if you use age appropriate language. Although immediate euthanasia may be needed to prevent suffering in severe circumstances, the procedure can be delayed long enough to allow enough time for everyone who cares about your pet to say goodbye in most situations.

What happens next?

After you make your decision, you can proceed to book your in-home euthanasia with Pawssum. One of our trusted and compassionate vets will contact you to walk you through the process, options and answer any questions you have.

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The euthanasia process

Before the process begins, you will need to decide if you want to stay with your pet. Some people find comfort in being with their pets in their final minutes and many vets allow and encourage pet owners to be with their pets through the euthanasia process. While it may be difficult for you, accompanying your beloved pet to the very end can provide you both with comfort and closure. 

Your pet's comfort is the primary concern during the euthanasia process. He or she may be given a sedative that will cause drowsiness. After the sedative takes effect, the veterinarian administers the euthanasia injection.

You will be able to spend some time alone with your pet after the procedure. If you plan to bury your pet, you will take his or her body with you for burial. If you prefer cremation, the veterinarian will call you when the ashes are ready for pick up.

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