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Putting a pet down

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Pawssum provides pet care by trusted, local vets in the comfort of your home.

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Pawssum offers a peaceful and respectful home euthanasia service for beloved pets.

At Pawssum we know how hard it is putting a pet down but euthanasia is necessary when it is the only way to end to your pet’s extreme, overwhelming or prolonged suffering. Euthanasia may also be considered as a way to prevent your pet from getting to the point of experiencing extreme or overwhelming suffering.

Your pet is an important part of your family and may have been with you through good and bad times. Making a decision to end his or her life is heartbreaking, but putting a pet down can be your last gift of love if your pet’s quality of life has declined to a point where little or nothing is left but pain and suffering.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN IN-HOME EUTHANASIA PROCEDURE?

When euthanasia is performed in your home, you are in charge of every aspect of your pet’s final moments, allowing you to ensure that you and your pet can be in the most comfortable environment.

At Pawssum, we think of euthanasia/putting a pet down as an important event, not just a medical procedure. We strive to make it as peaceful and positive an experience as possible. Our experienced staff is available to provide information and answer all your questions about euthanasia over the phone ahead of time and during the euthanasia home visit.

For more information, call us on 1300 34 35 80, use the chat at the bottom of the page, or send a message to us here.

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 dog 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. The euthanasia injection is a larger dose of an anaesthetic injection so besides the initial prick of a needle or catheter, they will simply fall unconscious before drifting away.

Your vet will give you some time with your pet after the procedure as we know putting a pet down is an extremely emotional decision. We understand that everyone may have varying preferences on aftercare and Pawssum offers several options to make this process as easy as possible for you. Our customer service team can assist to talk you through all the different options available.

We all understand that this is a difficult process if this decision is made. We are here to make your experience as convenient and seamless as possible.

It can be hard to tell if your pet is in pain or discomfort, so a vet-check prior to making this heart wrenching decision is really important. There may also be treatment options to keep your pet healthy and happy for longer. 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 pets get up and navigate short distances and specially designed wheelchairs can help pets with limb immobility and may be a good choice if your dog is in otherwise good health – be sure to ask our partner vets about options.

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. It is also important to let other pets in the household to smell your pet after they have passed away – it is their way of saying goodbye too.

After you make your decision, you can proceed to book your at-home pet 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.

Our at home peaceful euthanasia service allows the pet to be attended to in an environment where they feel safe and loved. Our partner vets are all lovely and very compassionate which is very important to us. We get fantastic feedback from customers that this service helped them during a very hard time.

If we are given 24 hours notice that is fantastic, however we realise sometimes this can not be the case. We will always try to get to you when you need us however we can obviously never promise anything until we receive the booking and confirm it with the vets.

Pawssum Vets are open for business during the Coronavirus epidemic, Australia-wide 7 days a week until late.