Making the decision to put down your pet, whether that’s because they’re extremely sick or suffering, is incredibly difficult and emotional. Unfortunately, it may be the best option for your beloved pet to have the best and most humane death possible.
Before we get into why it’s better to organise home euthanasia, let’s learn a bit more about the process.
Rather than bringing your unwell pet to the vet to be euthanised, home euthanasia is becoming more common. The vet will come to your home and perform the euthanasia with love, dignity and quality care.
Euthanising a pet can cause intense grief and difficult emotions, which is completely normal. Euthanasia translates to the term ‘good death’, and by making this decision, you can prevent further pain and suffering for your furry friend.
Here are 5 reasons why it’s better to organise an at home euthanasia for your furry friend, rather than taking them to visit the vet.
In what is already a stressful situation, driving your pet to the vet can cause more stress and anxiety. Many pets fear going to the vet’s clinic and show signs of distress and panic during the drive or when arriving. Their last moments shouldn’t be shaking and petrified. And seeing your beloved pet this way could induce heightened stress and trauma for you and your family.
Rather, keeping them in the environment they are most happy and comfortable can mean a less stressful process. Whilst they may still fear or dislike the veterinarian, they’re more likely to be much more subdued and calm compared to the vet’s clinic.
If your pet is particularly sick or in a lot of pain, the effort to move them and drive over to the vet’s clinic may only cause more suffering. As mentioned earlier, to euthanise is to have a good death, and that is only made more difficult by heading in clinic.
Being at home where the pain or illness can be better managed, may be a better alternative.
Many of our pets can get quite uncomfortable and agitated around people they don’t know. Whilst many vets would allow the family to attend the euthanasia in clinic, being at home allows for all loved ones to be there to say goodbye and in turn, can help keep the pet calm and reduce their stress levels.
By organising home euthanasia for your pet, you won’t need to drive home from the vet clinic. You’ll already be home, and once the vet has left, you’re in a comfortable space to grieve and feel everything, without any onlookers or being out in public.
A concern about home euthanasia may be that your furry friend won’t experience the same level of care and support that they would inside a vet clinic. This couldn’t be further from the truth. At Goodbye Good Boy, care is at the forefront of everything we do, and our veterinarians are there to support both you and your pet through the entire journey.
At the end of the day, you need to make a decision that is right for your and your furry friend. You know them best, so only you can make the best decision for their end of life.
To learn more about the euthanasia process, read our article putting a dog down: 6 things to consider.
Don’t wait until the very end. It’s important to consider your pet’s end-of-life journey early, so that you, your family and your pet are all supported through the process.
When the time comes, we’re here for you. Goodbye Good Boy provides a range of end-of-life services to make the difficult process of saying goodbye a little easier.
We offer quality of life assessments from qualified vets, specialist grief counselling, at home euthanasia from dedicated end of life veterinarians, as well as cremation services and memorial options to help remember your pet for their unique character.
We are with you at every step of the journey.
To find out more, you can call our team of passionate pet lovers on 1800 953 619.