Facing the decision to euthanize your pet will be one of the most difficult decisions of your life. Our pets are part of our family, and it is our responsibility to care for them. With this responsibility comes the difficult decision of our pet’s quality of life and when it’s time to say goodbye. The stress associated with the different emotions of guilt and grief, as well as the uncertainty of choosing to treat an illness is tough. Although there is no easy answer, our team at Coxwell are dedicated to helping you through this difficult time.
When should I consider euthanasia?
It is very hard to come to the decision of euthanising your pet. Some pets may be suffering from an incurable disease or may become debilitated with age. If their quality of life is deteriorating to an unacceptable level, euthanasia should be considered. Remember that if you do feel your pet may be suffering, it is important to bring them to your veterinarian for evaluation. It is possible there may be treatment available. Your veterinarian will be able to discuss all options with you.
What happens during euthanasia?
For the euthanasia procedure, we will place an intravenous (IV) catheter in your cat’s arm. This is the only part of the process that may be uncomfortable, due to needle placement. For the actual procedure, it is pain-free. Once you are ready, we will give your cat sedation to keep them nice and calm and to reduce stress. This way they are calm and will not be anticipating anything. We will then give the euthanasia medication (Pentobarbital), within seconds your pet will pass away. The euthanasia medication is a type of anaesthetic drug, this way your cat will be asleep and pass away in their sleep.
Can you stay with your cat during euthanasia?
Yes, you and your family are welcome to stay with your cat during this difficult time. We will go through the whole process with you so that you are prepared for the procedure.
What is the cost of at home or clinic euthanasia?
The cost can vary based on choices of aftercare. Our staff would be happy to provide you with an estimate over the phone.
Do you offer pet bereavement support service?
Our team at Coxwell Animal Clinic are well trained in bereavement counselling. Please feel free to contact the clinic for help with this.