Home Euthansia Blog
In – Home Pet Euthanasia
It has always saddened me how few pet owners are aware that, when the time comes, their pets could pass peacefully in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. I have been a vet for over 30 years and during this time I have always offered in-home euthanasia for pets, but it has only been in the last 10 years or so that I have dedicated myself more and more to the private and less stressful option that in-home pet euthanasia provides. Admittedly, in-home pet euthanasia can be a bit more expensive than in-vet hospital euthanasia because you have a vet making a personal visit to your home, but the vast majority of pet owners that have tried home euthanasia for their pets firmly believe the benefits outweigh the additional expense and would only consider home euthanasia for any future pets. The benefits are largely related to the comfort and privacy provided to the pet and pet owner by home euthanasia. There is no doubt that saying goodbye to a pet is an incredibly distressing and emotional time for pet owners and this can be compounded by having to take their pet to a busy vet hospital where there is little privacy and other pets and people can increase anxiety in both pets and owners alike. The ability to chose exactly where and when your pet passes at your home is another important benefit of home euthanasia. It could be your pet’s bed, favorite spot outside in the sun or under a tree, on your lap on a chair or sofa or even on the pet owners bed.
I think it would be safe to say that if humans had the ability to chose where they would like to pass almost all would say in the comfort of their own home surrounded by loved ones, especially if they were feeling unwell or anxious. It stands to reason that pets would appreciate this as well and for exactly the same reasons.
Veterinarians that perform home pet euthanasia need to be confident, respectful, compassionate and empathetic. Pet owners need to be given as much time as needed to grieve and say goodbye to their pets and should never feel rushed in this process. It is important when chosing a vet to help you with home pet euthanasia that you are sure they have these attributes and the best way to ensure this is to listen to other pet owners and rely on their experiences.
Saying goodbye to pets at the end of their lives will always be an incredibly difficult and emotional time but being able to do so at home is one way to reduce the stress involved and allow your pet to pass with peace and dignity.
Dr Cameron Mortlock
Farewell My Friend