The final farewell for your beloved pet is possibly the most difficult time in pet ownership.
Knowing when it's the "right time" to have them euthanised can be complicated and distressing, and it's because they're not just pets. They can be our surrogate child, our best friend, holders of special memories of a wonderful life ... they are family.
Everyone would like their pets to pass away peacefully in their sleep. However, this is rarely the case and - often times - it may come down to you to decide when that time has come. There's a saying "it's better to be a day too early than a day too late", and this is true in that you would not want your pet to suffer. It may be difficult to discuss, but we are here to listen and guide you during this time.
Grieving over any loss is a personal and unique experience to each individual. Feelings of anger, sadness and guilt are just some of the emotions that can surface during this time. Don't be ashamed or embarrassed by these feelings. Instead, seek out someone that will support you and listen to your feelings and concerns.
Should you not want to confide in someone you know, there are grief support services you can call such as Beyond Blue or Lifeline.
When you have made a decision that it is time, we can offer you options so that the moment to say goodbye is personalised for you and your pet.
Options such as: would you prefer the euthanasia to be done at home or at the veterinary hospital, would you prefer a home burial or cremation and, most importantly, would you like to be present to say goodbye?
Some people want to be present for that final goodbye. For others, that moment is too difficult to be present at. The choices are yours and should you choose to not be there at the end, do feel ashamed about your decision, just be assured that we are always there to give them a final hug and loving words for you.