End of Life Care
As pet owners, we endeavor for our beloved pets to remain healthy and happy, to enjoy quality living until a ripe old age. Unfortunately, our pets do not live as long as us, and at some point, we will have to be prepared to say our goodbyes.
Some pets pass on peacefully in their sleep while others unfortunately, succumb to a terminal or debilitating ailments that compromises their quality of life. In such instances, owners are faced with the difficult decision to let them go. United Vet endeavors to make the process of pet euthanasia peaceful and dignified. We are here to help you through this difficult process.
How do I know when it is time to say goodbye to a beloved?
If you notice your pet still experiencing significant pain, discomfort and a poor quality of life, despite attempts to alleviate this with veterinary or palliative care.
What are the signs that my pet is experiencing pain or discomfort?
Vocalisation, Limping / Lameness, Agitation / Restlessness, Heavy Panting / Breathing, Withdrawn / Anti-social Behaviour, Increased aggression, inappetence, Dullness and Weakness.
What is euthanasia?
Euthanasia is the process of putting a pet to sleep in a peaceful manner, with minimal pain and stress.
How is euthanasia performed?
Euthanasia involves injected an overdose of anesthetic into the vein of a pet to stop heart function. You may be present for the process to accompany your beloved pet.
A catheter will be placed first to administer a sedative to improve your pet's comfort levels. The anesthetic is subsequently administered. As the anesthetic takes effect, your pet's heart will stop beating, they will gradually lose consciousness, stop breathing and pass on peacefully. The vet will check to confirm your pet has passed on.
On some occasions, a pet’s muscles may tremble or they may gasp. These are reflex actions only, and not a sign of them struggling. This can be upsetting for some clients.
As muscles in the body relax, your pet’s eyes will remain open and bowels or bladder may be emptied.
Since the founding of United Veterinary Clinic, we have partnered with Mobile Pet Cremation Services for our cremation services. Arrangements are made through our clinic so that we can ensure your beloved pet receives the utmost care and respect, and you receive the assistance you need, during this time of grief.
What are types of cremation available?
There are 2 types of cremation:
- Private cremation – the pet is cremated individually.
- Common cremation – the pet is cremated together with other pets.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at 6455 6880 if you have any queries.