Making the decision to put your elderly or terminally ill pet to sleep is incredibly hard for pet parents. However, this is one of the most important and caring decisions you can make on your pet's behalf when they are not feeling well or suffering.
Choosing to humanely and gently let your dog or cat pass away in the comfort of your home can make the whole experience a little bit easier. Not only will your pet be most comfortable in their favourite bed, they will be surrounded by familiar smells, their own home environment and loving family members.
Our veterinarians will make sure that your family feels supported through your pet’s entire end-of-life journey and that you, the pet parents, feel comfortable that you are making the right decision. Rest Your Paws will ensure that your pet’s final moments are filled with love, care and gentle hands and that they pass away very peacefully.
Understanding what happens during a home euthanasia visit can really help your family prepare for what to expect. We can also help you prepare and plan to make the appointment as personal and loving as possible.
At your scheduled visit, the veterinarian will listen to your concerns and explain the process in as much, or little, detail as you would like. We will help you to prepare a space where your pet is most comfortable, whether that means in their bed, lying in the sun outside, on their favourite couch, or in your arms.
Once your pet has settled in their favourite place, a gentle sedation will be given to relax them and reduce any discomfort they may be feeling. Only once you, your family, and your beloved pet are ready will we give a final medication that will allow your pet to pass away peacefully within a few minutes.
You may spend as much time with your pet as needed to say your final goodbyes. We can also make ink paw prints, collect a lock of fur or personalise the appointment as you wish.
If Rest Your Paws is handling the cremation, we will then gently transfer your pet into our care.