Why choose at-home euthanasia?

By choosing to say goodbye to your pet in the comfort of home, you can create a more personal and relaxed environment. This reduces stress for both you and your pet, especially for those who may be anxious outside their usual environment. Our furry friends often associate vet visits with stress, which can be even greater as they near the end of their life.  Euthanasia this way enables them to remain in their own home, with familiar surroundings, scents and sounds. There are no strange pets to frighten them. Because you are at home, you can grieve privately, and you are not under any pressure to complete the procedure quickly.

How do I know it’s time?

The decision to say goodbye is a very difficult and personal choice. Sometimes it’s obvious, and sometimes it’s incredibly difficult to know when is right. We are here to help if you would like to talk through your situation.

There are some great resources on the internet such as https://www.lapoflove.com/quality-of-life-assessment that may be useful.

What happens before the appointment?

Before coming to your home, I will outline the entire euthanasia process in writing, so you know what to expect. I will also personally guide you through each step.

I can also provide an assessment over the phone of your pet’s quality of life if you need assurance that you are making the right decision, which many people do.

I will chat to you about your plans for your pet’s remains, whether you choose cremation or burial. I can chat to you about memorial options and arrange for pet cremation services if this is something you opt for.

What happens during the appointment?

When I visit your home, I’ll chat with you, your family, and anyone else present. We’ll talk about your pet and their background, allowing me to understand them better. If children are present, I will give them extra reassurance and help them prepare for what is to come.

Building trust and reassurance with your pet is essential to me. I take a gentle, quiet, and patient approach to ensure they feel comfortable and relaxed during their passing. They can be in their favourite spot, surrounded by their beloved blanket, toys, and even treats. I will give you the space and time you need to say your final farewells, ensuring you never feel rushed. When you’re ready, I will sedate your pet, allowing them to become completely relaxed. Only then will I administer the medication to peacefully end their suffering.

What happens after euthanasia?

Afterward, I will stay with you until you feel ready for me to leave. If desired, I can also assist with making cremation arrangements. Your pet’s comfort, dignity, and your peace of mind are my top priorities throughout this difficult process.

Can I choose to say goodbye outside of home?

I offer a mobile pet euthanasia service, which means I can go virtually anywhere that you’d like your pet’s final moments to be. I understand that no two pets are the same and that each one deserves to say goodbye in a unique way.  Whether it’s at home, in your backyard, or at your pet’s favourite place outdoors, I can be there to ensure that their final moments are peaceful and comfortable. One memorable experience I had was with a client who chose to say goodbye to their pet on the beach at sunset, surrounded by the sounds of seagulls and waves crashing. It was a touching moment that left an impact on me and reinforced why I do what I do. Others choose a favourite spot on a farm. Whatever your preference may be, I am happy to accommodate your needs in the best interest of you and your pet. As a trusted and experienced service provider, you can feel confident that your pet’s final moments will be handled with the utmost care and respect.

How do I make an appointment?

You can call on 021-0298-1272 or email hello@sunsetvetcare.co.nz. We will arrange a phone call to discuss your needs and set a time for the appointment.

How do I make a payment?

We accept bank transfer or cash. We don’t have eftpos or credit card payment options available at this stage.

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