The decision to euthanise a beloved pet can be a stressful and anxious time for you and your family.
This type of end-of-life care can happen at home, which allows your pet to spend their final moments in a place where they feel safe and comfortable, surrounded by people that they love and trust. The stress of getting your pet into a car and being in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people and animals can be avoided. Family and friends have the freedom to memorialise a precious life and share saying goodbye calmly and openly. Although it's called "in-home" euthanasia, it can also be arranged in the backyard, your pet's favourite park, or even at the beach, as long as it's somewhere quiet and comfortable for both you and your pet.
Having undertaken the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy 'Excellency Course', Dr Lloyd strives to provide the highest possible care and compassion during this sad time. She can work with you in planning the passing of your loved one and can usually provide an urgent service when required.
At the appointment
Any paperwork and charges will be taken care of at the beginning of the appointment, so that no one needs to worry about these details later.
Once you are ready, Dr Lloyd will give your pet a sedative injection using a tiny needle under the skin. Most of the time they do not feel it, but some animals may react to the injection but this sensation passes quickly. The sedative takes approximately 5-15minutes to take effect which means your pet will gently fall to sleep, and the only thing he/she will be experiencing will be your loving presence and comfort along his/her side.
Once your pet is deeply sedated and you have said your last goodbye, the final injection will be given, usually this is via an intravenous catheter which is placed while they are sleeping. Your pet would not feel this injection at all. This part of the process is fairly quick, normally occurring in less than 2 minutes. Be assured that the final injection will not be given unless you are ready. Dr Lloyd will confirm the passing by listening to the heart.
You may want to have some comfortable towels or blankets (which are ok to be soiled) underneath your pets to prevent soiling, if it occurs, onto yourself or onto the furniture/floor.
You can spend as much time as you want with your pet before, during, and after the procedure. Everything will be explained again at the appointment and everything will be done at your pace. You do not have to stay for the final injection if you do not want to.
At the end of the appointment, Dr Lloyd will leave you to be with your pet before the cremation people arrive in order that you have this time to grieve by yourself, or will take the body with her if you elect to have the aftercare being handled by Dr Lloyd’s Mobile VetCARE.
Please feel free to call Dr Lloyd if you have any questions or concerns - she understands how difficult and sad this time is for everyone involved and will do her best to make it as stress-free and peaceful as possible.