I recently had to go through the heartbreaking process of saying goodbye to a pet. My cat, Rudy, was old and in pain. It was the hardest decision I've ever had to make, but it was time to let her go. Although it was a sad experience, I was grateful she was able to stay at home for the process and that I was able to stay by her side.
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Years ago, a friend told me about an in-home euthanasia service in our area -- I had no idea such a service existed. It's the last thing you want to look up as a pet owner, but when I knew it was coming, I searched online for service to perform the procedure. There are several in-home euthanasia services in Australia, including Vet Around in Sydney, Farewell My Friend in Perth, and My Best Friend in Melbourne. Your regular veterinarian might provide this service, too, so it's worth inquiring if you're more comfortable with the same vet.
I called the vet early in the morning for a consultation and told her the issue. She asked me some questions about the situation and explained the possible outcomes. After weighing my decision, I called to schedule a time for her to visit, and a few hours later, a veterinarian showed up. She was supportive and gently explained the process to me and my husband. She also asked how involved we wanted to be; we chose to stay for the first shot, which makes your pet unconscious, then leave for the second, which puts them down.
Money is the last thing you want to think about at a time like this. But unfortunately, most of us aren't in a position to not consider cost. The vet I used (in the Los Angeles area) charged $US375 ($498) for euthanasia and an extra $US100 ($133) for cremation. But prices for these services vary depending on where you live and what kind of aftercare you want, so remember to do your research and consider your options carefully. It's obviously a bit more expensive than performing the service at a vet's office.
Even if your pets are healthy, it might be useful to research your options in case of an emergency. There's no getting around the heartbreak, but I was grateful such a service exists.