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Pet Euthanasia & End of Life Services

Pets become part of our family, so it is never easy to let them go, no matter how they pass. At Paws and More, we help you say goodbye with compassion and understanding.

Paws & More

Pet Euthanasia & End of Life Services

Pets become part of our family, so it is never easy to let them go, no matter how they pass. At Paws and More, we help you say goodbye with compassion and understanding.

Pet Euthanasia in Perth: Saying Goodbye to Your Dog or Cat

Making the decision to put a beloved pet to sleep is a very confronting process. Whether your pet has suffered a sudden accident or illness, or has developed complications in its senior years, it’s always hard to say goodbye to a furry family member.

Here at Paws and More Vet Centre, we’re here to support you through the process of pet euthanasia in Perth. At our Canning Vale vet hospital, we provide comprehensive support to help your pet’s life end with dignity and comfort.

If you’re considering whether it’s time to put your beloved cat or dog to sleep, our experienced vet team is here to help. We can assist in evaluating your pet’s quality of life and answer any questions you have about the euthanasia process.

When you entrust your dog or cat to Paws and More for end of life services, our number one priority is keeping your pet comfortable, as well as supporting owners through this difficult time.

Taking the time to prepare yourself can make things less stressful on the day. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on what to expect when it’s time to put your dog or cat to sleep. For any questions, reach out to the compassionate team at Paws and More Vet Centre.



Understanding Euthanasia for Dogs & Cats

If you haven’t faced the difficult decision to put a pet to sleep, navigating this scenario can be overwhelming. Knowing what to expect can help you make more informed decisions, as well as prepare you and your family for your cat or dog’s final days.

Euthanasia is the act of ending a pet’s life with the help of a veterinarian. The most important thing to understand about euthanasia is that it is painless. When your pet is no longer in a position to continue living a healthy and happy life, euthanasia can be the most humane and compassionate option.

Pet euthanasia is often the best solution if your cat or dog suffers from a terminal illness, chronic pain, or severe injuries. It can also be an option if your pet has reached an age where their quality of life has significantly declined.

While putting a pet to sleep is a tough decision, many pet owners choose this procedure because it allows them the time to say goodbye to their beloved pet. Many owners prefer to see their pet’s life end peacefully and pain-free rather than through terminal illness or advanced age.

To learn more about the euthanasia process, we’ve put together some information below. For any further questions, reach out to one of our compassionate team at Paws and More Vet Centre.

Making the Decision to Euthanise Your Pet

One of the most difficult parts of euthanasia is deciding to have your pet put down. The most important consideration to make at this time is the welfare of your pet. 

 At Paws and More, our vets devote their lives to the welfare of animals, and do everything in their power to help our patients recover. Unfortunately, there are times when an animal’s illness or injury is too severe to make a full recovery, or their quality of life would be greatly diminished.  

 If it may be time for your pet’s journey to end, you can trust that we have your dog or cat’s wellbeing in mind. When facing this scenario, we make sure every client understands their pet’s options, and will stand by your side every step of the way.

 There will be several considerations before coming to a final decision regarding euthanasia. At Paws and More, one of our qualified veterinarians will run through some of the following questions with you:

  • What is the pet’s current quality of life?
  • How long has your pet been suffering?
  • How much pain are they in?
  • How do you currently treat the pet’s illness or condition?

The following are some of the most common changes you may notice in your pet that can indicate it may be time to consider euthanasia:

  • Significant changes in eating and drinking habits
  • Not interested in activities they usually enjoy
  • Increased aggression and/or confusion
  • Physical abilities have decreased
  • They seem to ‘isolate’ themselves more often
  • Urinary and/or faecal incontinence  
  • They no longer greet you or respond to your presence 

Your answers to the questions above will indicate whether or not it may be time to look at putting your beloved pet down. However, speaking with one of our experienced vets will be your best point of contact when making this tough decision.

Not only will we guide you through the process of evaluating your pet’s quality of life, but we will also outline the next steps you need to take. If you need a helping hand, please contact one of our experienced vets at Paws and More Vet Centre.



What to Expect When Putting a Pet to Sleep

The Paws and More Canning Vale team aims to support you and your family members during this difficult time. When it comes time for your cat or dog’s euthanasia appointment, our clean, spacious and modern vet hospital provides a nurturing and private environment to say goodbye to your cat or dog.

When you come to Paws and More for end of life services, you will have a private space to talk to your vet. Our compassionate staff will walk you through the entire process, and ensure you and your pet are both comfortable. We will answer any questions you may have about the process of putting your pet to sleep.

Before anything begins, we will ask if you and your family wish to be present for the procedure. If you decide you would not like to stay for the procedure, we will give you the time and space you need to say farewell to your beloved pet.

Once it is time to begin the procedure, the vet will administer a sedative to your pet, which will help them to remain calm and relaxed. We will then place an intravenous catheter, which is used to administer the euthanasia solution. Once the solution has been administered, your pet will quickly fall asleep and pass away peacefully.

Rest assured that euthanasia is peaceful and painless for your dog or cat. Regardless, we know that putting down your dog or cat can be heartbreaking. The Paws and More veterinary team aim to ease the process however possible, giving you comfort that your pet is in the very best hands.

If you have any questions about the pet euthanasia process or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

Pet Cremation & Burial in Perth

To honour your beloved pet, Paws and More is here to assist with end of life arrangements, with the option of burial or cremation. Our empathetic staff can take you through the options and offer their support through this emotional time.

One of the most common options pet owners choose after having their beloved pet put down is cremation. This is a wonderful way for you to commemorate the life of your pet. At Paws and More, we understand how important it is to honour the memory of our pets. That is why we are committed to helping you make the cremation process as simple as possible. 

At Paws and More Vet Centre, we use Lawnswood’s Perth pet cremation services to ensure your pet’s remains are professionally cared for. Lawnswood Pet Crematorium & Cemetery has been operating since 1984, providing reliable and compassionate services to pet owners in Western Australia. Throughout your pet’s journey at Lawnswood, you can have confidence your cat or dog will be treated with respect and dignity. 

Lawnswood offers a range of vessels and keepsakes to help memorialise your pet after general or private cremation. You can also opt for a traditional burial at the Lawnswood Pet Cemetery and/or a funeral service for your dog or cat. 

The Paws and More team can help you choose the right option to honour your pet and make all arrangements. We aim to make the process as smooth and hassle-free as possible, letting you and your family focus on saying goodbye to your pet. 

To learn more about pet cremation in Perth, or for any questions you have, reach out to one of the caring team members at Paws and More Canning Vale.



Dealing With the Loss of Your Dog or Cat

Every person mourns differently. Pets are part of our families, so when we have to say goodbye to a beloved pet, it can be difficult to deal with our grief. Finding the right way to deal with your grief and seeking help when necessary is so important.

During this tough time, stay connected with friends and family. If you have other pets, keep up your routine with them as much as possible. Most importantly, ensure you’re looking after your wellbeing and reaching out when needed. Don’t be afraid to seek support from a local grief counsellor or pet loss support group who understand what you’re going through.

For guidance on how you, your family and your pets can navigate a loss, see the Lawnswood Pet Loss & Grief resource.

The compassionate team of vets at Paws and More is committed to the wellbeing of our patients and their family. If you need support, the Paws and More team can refer you to appropriate services in the Perth area, or consider calling one of the support services below:

24/7 Pet Loss Support Line – 1300 431 450
Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
Griefline – 1300 845 745
Lifeline – 13 11 14

Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Euthanasia

The cost of pet euthanasia in Perth will depend on your pet and the vet clinic you choose. The biggest determining factor for cost is typically the breed and size of your pet. The price of pet euthanasia in Perth is typically between $300 and $500. This does not include cremation or burial costs, which will depend on your preferences.

At Paws and More Vet Centre, we aim to provide affordable euthanasia services. For more precise pricing information, please contact the team at Paws and More Canning Vale.

No, you can feel at peace knowing your pet will not feel pain during the euthanasia process. The feeling will be similar to going under anesthesia, so while it may feel unusual for your pet, it will be painless. Euthanasia is a thoughtful and compassionate way to relieve a pet’s suffering in the case of severe illness or injury.

From the time your pet has been administered the euthanasia solution, it will only take about 30 seconds for them to peacefully pass away. Getting your cat or dog comfortable and administering a sedative before the procedure may take a little more time.

When booking your appointment, we recommend allowing enough time to say goodbye to your pet before and after their procedure.

This decision is entirely personal. There is no right or wrong answer. If you believe you may be too emotional or distressed during your pet’s appointment, you can choose to say your final goodbyes beforehand. This is to ensure your pet remains calm.

However, many owners will choose to be present during the procedure, which is completely acceptable. You’re welcome to stay by your pet’s side, but if not, our caring veterinary team will be with your pet throughout the process.



Why Choose Paws and More for End of Life Services?

At Paws and More Vet Centre, our team is dedicated to providing the highest standard of veterinary care in Perth. When it comes to the end of a pet’s journey, we’re here to help you say goodbye in a caring and supportive environment.

You can trust the Paws and More team to treat your cat or dog like their own, honouring how important they are to you and your family. The comfort of your pet is always our vets’ number one priority, especially when considering euthanasia.

When you need some trusted advice from a local vet, Paws and More Vet Centre in Canning Vale is here to help. Book an appointment with us or call us to speak to one of our friendly team members.