Preparing for your dog's euthanasia appointment.

Julia Dicconson
Content Manager
March 30, 2023

Losing a pet can be one of the most difficult things a pet owner will ever face. Euthanasia is often seen as a compassionate way to end the suffering of a beloved dog that is facing a terminal illness or declining quality of life. 

Although it is never easy to make the decision to euthanise a pet, preparing for the appointment can make the process a little bit easier. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to prepare for your dog's euthanasia appointment.

Decide on the right time.

Deciding on the right time to euthanise your dog can be a difficult decision. You may want to consider your dog's quality of life, as well as any signs of pain or discomfort they may be experiencing. 

Your veterinarian can help you understand your dog's condition and make a recommendation about when it may be time to say goodbye. Remember, there is no "perfect" time to euthanise a pet. What is most important is that you make the decision that is best for your dog.

Arrange for a peaceful setting.

It is important to make sure your dog is as comfortable and relaxed as possible during their euthanasia appointment. When organising an at-home euthanasia appointment, consider the best place in your home for this to occur - maybe your pet has a favourite spot in the house or your backyard?

If your dog is going to be transferred from the home after the euthanasia, consider an area that is easy to access from outside, e.g. a room downstairs or closer to the front door. Transferring larger pets can be quite distressing, so planning for ease of access can make the process slightly easier.

You may also want to consider playing soft music, lighting candles, or keeping any comforting items your dog may enjoy close by, such as a favourite blanket or toy.

Prepare yourself emotionally.

Saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be an incredibly emotional experience. You may have already experienced anticipatory grief if your dog has been sick for a few weeks or months. It is important to take the time to prepare yourself emotionally for the euthanasia appointment. 

Consider talking to friends or family members about your feelings, or seek out the support of a grief counsellor or support group. Your vet may also be able to provide some support or advice on grieving and saying goodbye. 

You may also want to prepare a special goodbye for your dog, such as writing a letter or creating a memory box. Remember, it is okay to grieve and to take the time you need to say goodbye.

Consider cremation and a memorial.

Deciding on aftercare for your dog is an important part of the euthanasia process. There are a few different options available, with the most popular choice being cremation

You may want to consider whether you would like to keep your dog's ashes in an urn or scatter them in a meaningful location. Alternatively, you may choose to bury the ashes in a special spot in your backyard. Whatever option you choose, it is important to make sure you are comfortable with the decision and that it aligns with your personal beliefs and values.

A Goodbye Good Boy Memorial Service is a meaningful way to say goodbye and includes the transfer of your pet following euthanasia, guaranteed individual cremation, a hand crafted timber urn, an engraved plaque with your pet’s name and passing date, an Ink Paw Print & Lock of fur plus a digital memorial portrait 

Saying goodbye is never easy.

Preparing for your dog's euthanasia appointment is an extremely difficult and emotional experience. Being prepared can make the experience a little easier so you know what to expect, and you can help ensure that your dog receives the love and dignity they deserve in their final moments. 

Remember to take the time you need to say goodbye and to seek out support if you need it. Your dog has been a loyal companion and you are their entire life, so by giving them a peaceful end, you can show them just how much they mean to you.

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.