Euthanasia is one of the most difficult decisions anyone can ever make for a pet who is a beloved companion. The decision when to euthanise is as individual and personal as you and your pet are. This is a judgement that only you as a pet owner can make, and it involves great personal courage and sacrifice. Do not hesitate to seek guidance from us as your veterinarian.
It is good to include family members or friends who share a close bond with your pet in the decision-making process. This is a time when you will need the support of those who truly understand.
There is also the option to arrange a house call visit for one of our vets to come to the home, so that family and friends can say their goodbyes in comfortable and familiar surroundings.
There are many options for what you can do with your pet after euthanasia has been performed. These include: burial at home, burial at a pet cemetery, cremation and leaving the pet with the vet.
Individual cremation services are available and we recommend Petrest, who are a local company, based in Mona Vale. They guarantee return of your pet’s ashes within 2-4 working days. Further information about their services can be found at www.petrest.com.au.
If you feel that either you or a family member could use some additional support, please do not hesitate to contact Dr David Foote. David is a veterinarian and councilor who specialises in the bereavement associated with the loss of a pet. He offers a range of services to provide help, support and guidance to pet owners, veterinary practice’s and other interested organisations.
Consultations for pet owners are available by telephone (Australia wide) or face to face (Sydney) for:
- Bereavement counselling for pet owners
- Help with decision making for pet euthanasia
- Coping with pet terminal illness
Dr David Foote – 0425 281 424 or www.davidfoote.com.au
“Our pets light a flame of love in our hearts that can never be extinguished”