Deciding on euthanasia for a beloved pet and companion is one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner has to make.
In other cases, it is not so clear cut, and consultation with your veterinarian may be very helpful. We can use a variety of methods to help determine whether your pet is in pain, suffering, and address these needs to improve the quality of life, or to assist you in your decision to say goodbye to your pet.
What is my pet’s current quality of life? Please click on this link to view a chart that can help you assess your pet’s quality of life. This is simply an aid and should be consulted with your pet’s veterinarian. The score chart can be useful to trend how a pet is doing at home, and to help us make a more objective decision regarding such an emotional issue. Scoring your pet’s quality of life can also help us to improve certain areas, such as pain management, nutrition and grooming, thus improving and prolonging life with quality.
The Euthanasia Procedure
After a consultation with a veterinarian and thorough discussion of the special circumstances surrounding your pet’s illness, you have reached the decision to euthanize your pet. We appreciate the enormity of this decision, and how important your pet is to you and your family, and we endeavour to ensure a peaceful and pain-free release from suffering.
You and your pet will be shown to our Comfort Room, a quieter room in the centre of the hospital. In some circumstances, this room may not be available, but we will try to provide it whenever possible.
For more details, please download the Euthanasia Procedure. It provides you with in depth details of the procedure so that you are sufficiently prepared.