You may be wondering if the time has come to have your pet euthanased or ‘put to sleep’.
The word euthanasia literally means ‘a good death’ and My Best Friend is committed to helping this sad time to be as positive and peaceful as possible for you and your pet.
In most cases, euthanasia of animals occurs at an appointed time by a veterinarian, in a veterinary clinic or hospital. Usually your pet will be placed on a table and will be held by a nurse in order to be given an overdose of an anaesthetic into a vein. Most vets and vet nurses understand that you and your pet will probably be upset or anxious and are very caring in this situation.
My Best Friend Veterinary Home Euthanasia Services provides an alternative way to experience euthanasia. Euthanasia at home enables your pet to remain in familiar comfort without the need to be transported in a cage or the car, or to be placed in a clinical environment for his or her last moments. Being at home enables peace and privacy for your family and minimizes the chance of your pet feeling frightened or stressed.
Euthanasia by My Best Friend is a slower and calmer experience, and aims to peacefully provide a dignified death with the use of various medications prior to the final anaesthetic overdose, gradually and gently causing the animal to fall into a deepening sleep. Non-intrusive guidance, reassurance and support is given throughout in order to facilitate your emotional experience as well as that of other family members including children and other pets.
My Best Friend is sensitive and flexible with regard to the wishes and rituals of different families, cultures and religions at this time.
About Pet Loss and Bereavement
For many people, the relationship they share with their animal companions is profoundly significant and deep, and is usually characterized by a unique, loving and everlasting bond.
The grief suffered by those who lose an animal member of their family is often not fully understood or even recognised by others in our society. Indeed, sometimes it can even take us by surprise – with strong emotions of pain, and sometimes guilt, especially if the difficult decision to euthanase had to be made.
Most people get through this time of bereavement given lots of time and support from family and friends. Unfortunately, others are alone and misunderstood in their time of grief.
If extra support is needed, My Best Friend is able to assist by providing appropriate referral for help and access to a range of helpful resources. Please telephone or email us, and also have a look at the suggested ‘Helpful Links’ listed on this website.
Deceased Pets Collection Service
If you find yourself in the situation that your loved pet has passed away naturally at home, My Best Friend offers a compassionate collection service.
My Best Friend is a personalised, ‘old fashioned’ and caring yet professional service. It has evolved from over 40 years and two generations of veterinary experience.
Dr Emma and her husband Greg, pride themselves in taking the time to spend with you discussing your options and helping you through your grief.
They fully understand that your pet is an integral part of your family. Both Dr Emma and Greg appreciate how difficult it is to lose such a loved friend and family member.
My Best Friend offers a dignified and respectful way of saying farewell.
We can collect your pet from your home or Veterinary Clinic and organise all aftercare arrangements.