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Huon Valley Veterinary Hospital

Deciding when is the “right time” to let your pet go is always difficult.

A natural death may mean prolonged suffering that we don’t always see, because dogs and cats are far more stoic than humans when it comes to pain.

Our staff are advocates for animals and will help guide you in the decision. We can answer any questions you have about your pet’s quality of life.

There are some choices surrounding the euthanasia of your pet, so it is worth considering these things before the actual day when you may be too upset to decide:

  • The euthanasia of a pet can be done at the hospital or at your home.
  • You can be present with your pet or leave them with our caring staff if you would prefer.
  • You may like to bury them at home in the garden, at the family holiday home, or we can arrange burial or cremation through a pet burial company.

You are welcome to take their collar with you, wrap them in a special blanket, cut a piece of their coat to keep – we are familiar with all your emotions and will accommodate almost any wish.

Putting your pet to sleep is a peaceful event. Please feel free to talk through the procedure with our staff beforehand. We sedate all pets before euthanasia, and often place an intravenous catheter before giving the final intravenous dose of anaesthetic agent.

“It wasn’t an easy decision or a pleasant one. But it was the right decision. And in the end Roxy did drift away on her favorite soft pillow, just as I had hoped.”

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