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Why Euthanise Your Pet at Home?

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Pet euthanasiaSadly, very few pets die in their sleep – Having to say goodbye to your beloved pet is probably one of the hardest, heart wrenching decisions you will ever need to make. The outcome is still inevitable, but if you have a choice of where and when, it might help make it a little easier to cope with.

If you have time to think about it and plan it, there are many advantages of a home euthanasia which can outweigh taking your pet to the Vets.

Not having to wrestle you cat into the basket for their last journey or struggling to lift your dog into the car when he has gone off his back legs are just a couple of situations.

Planning a suitable day

It may be that you want all the family around your pet when you say goodbye to them or you may want to choose a time when certain family members are out.

We can take bookings in advance so you can plan ahead on a day that is suitable for you and your family.

As long as we have a vet available, we can book any day, evenings and weekends.

(Even at short notice, in a crisis if your pet suddenly deteriorates and needs to be euthanised at short notice, we can arrange it if the vet is available)

Once the arrangements have been made, you can just focus on spending time with your pet in the comfort of your home and wait for the Cloud 9 Vet to arrive without having to worry about driving to the veterinary surgery and the stress and upset of travelling there.

How long does putting to sleep take?

The Cloud 9 Vet will arrive at the booked time and will have an allocated hour and a half to spend with you (this is usually enough time but they can stay longer if required). They will use this time to talk things through with you, answer any questions and help you make sure you have made the correct decision before carrying out the procedure when you are ready.

It is very important that this time is calm and not rushed and that you and your pet are able to have the perfect precious last moments together.

Choosing the right pet euthanasia place

This can be anywhere you choose for your pet to feel as comfortable as possible, it may be in their favourite place in the garden, or on a favourite bed in the kitchen, or on the sofa in front of the TV.

You can have candles and quiet music playing in a familiar environment, surrounded by loved ones with all of their favourite toys!

When is time to say goodbye

Once you have signed the consent form, and you are ready, the vet will give your pet a painless sedation injection. After a short while this will put your pet in a state of calm or sleep. By this time, your pet will not be aware of what is happening and the vet will give the final injection slowly. Your pet will quietly drift away peacefully.

The care coordinators that arranged the booking can also make arrangements with the crematorium to collect from you afterwards – when you are ready, or the Cloud 9 Vet can take your pet away with them to the crematorium, so you don’t have to make the arrangements yourself.

Euthanasia at the veterinary surgery

Vets may try to encourage you to come to them, as a home visit takes a veterinary surgeon away from the surgery where they may be needed.

So you may have to disturb you cat from their bed and wrestle them into the cat basket and listen to them howling all the way to the vets. Or you may have to struggle to get your dog into the car when he has gone off his back legs.

At the veterinary surgery, the vets will always try and make the procedure of any euthanasia they carry out as sensitive as possible, but unfortunately, it is very difficult for them to avoid certain situations, such as you having to wait outside in the car to be called in or sitting in the waiting room for the vet to call you through.

There may be other clients in the waiting room with their pets – oblivious to your turmoil, who may want to chat etc.

There will be unfamiliar surroundings and smells in a clinical environment.

Vet appointments often run late due to emergencies and appointments running on – euthanasias are often booked in at the end of consulting times which means you may be kept waiting.

You may not have as much time to say goodbye and may feel a bit rushed out of the consulting room as other appointments may be waiting.

Walking away, leaving your pet after the procedure and having to walk through the waiting room can be particularly hard.

Finally, coming back to the practice to collect the ashes is often very hard as the feelings are still raw.

Can you euthanise your dog at home?

To avoid further upset of taking your dog to the vets for the final journey you can arrange for a Cloud 9 Vet to come and carry out the euthanasia at home in the peaceful and familiar environment your dog is used to. The vet can then take your dogs body with them afterwards or the crematorium can collect from you when you are ready. They can also deliver the ashes back to you. This makes it a bit easier at this difficult and emotional time.

Can you euthanise your cat at home

Cats get stressed very easily. Not many felines like being put in their cat baskets or will happily travel in the car. Often they are very vocal during the trip and if it is sadly their last journey it would be very upsetting for you to hear them howling all the way there.

They have a really good sense of smell and so they will probably find the strong clinical smells of the veterinary surgery quite overwhelming. Not to mention getting frightened by a passing dog who comes too close to the basket for a sniff.

The longer they are kept waiting in their basket, the more stressed they get.

Cloud 9 vets can visit your cat at home to carry out the euthanasia.

The vet will adopt a softly, softly approach to keep your cat as relaxed and unstressed as possible.

The vet can then take your cat’s body with them afterwards or the crematorium can collect from you when you are ready. They can also deliver the ashes back to you. This makes it a bit easier at this difficult and emotional time.

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