What if my pet dies at home?

Dealing with a pet dying at home

If your pet suddenly dies at home, and your vet is unavailable, Patch and Purr offers 24-hour phone service and support on 1300 XXX XXX.

How much does your pet cremation service cost?

Pricing explained

Pricing information is available on our pricing page or you can call us or request an information packet. You can alternatively speak with your Vet, be sure to ask which crematory facility is used and if they provide a choice of crematories. It is your pet so the choice ultimately belongs to you.

For many pet owners, a time may come where they have to decide whether their loyal friend is suffering too much and has little-to-no quality of life.

Euthanasia, be it at home or at the vet, is an option to consider towards the end of your pet’s life. If your pet is terminally unwell, your vet may speak to you about the possibility of ending their suffering.

There are a number of reasons why euthanasia is discussed, including terminal illnesses, debilitating conditions or not recovering from an accident.

Keep reading to find out what is pet euthanasia, how to know when it's time to say goodbye and who to speak to when the time comes.

What is Euthanasia?

Literally meaning “gentle death”, euthanasia is a two-step process that ends your pet’s life peacefully and painlessly. You may hear euthanasia referred to as “put to sleep” or “put down”.

If you are considering euthanasia for your pet, speak with your vet as they are best placed to advise on your pet’s quality of life and suffering.

The first stage of euthanasia is sedation, where your furry friend is “put to sleep”. In these moments, you can hold or stroke your precious pet and whisper your final goodbye.

The final stage of euthanasia is the administering of a large dose of general anaesthetic, which will end your pet’s life peacefully. Your beloved pet won’t feel any pain or suffering in the euthanasia process. However, it helps to sit with your pet throughout to comfort them as they drift away.

When It's Time to Say Goodbye

Choosing to euthanise a pet is possibly the hardest decision a pet owner has to make. When a senior or sick pet, it can be hard to know when the right is time to say farewell. Your vet will advise when your pet is suffering too much.

Your vet will work with you and your family to ensure all viable treatment options are exhausted before considering euthanasia.

There can be a temptation to prolong your pet’s life for the sake of the family; however, you must remember that there comes a time where a sick or senior pet has a poor quality of life. Only your vet is qualified to support you in making this decision.

Euthanasia can be carried out at home or at the vet clinic, depending on what your vet offers. Both choices have their benefits. Express your wishes to your vet ahead of time to ensure your needs are met when the time comes.

For more information and tips on how to know it’s time to let go, take a look at our guide on euthanasia.

Family with their cat and poodle

More Help & Advice

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve got any questions about pet cremation, choosing an urn or vet support, take a look at our FAQs to find the answer.