The euthanasia decision for a beloved pet may be one of the most difficult choices you can face. It is hard to make a life-ending determination like this for someone who cannot tell you what their wishes are and yet a judgment call must be made. There are emotional issues such as guilt, grief, and uncertainty in choosing to treat or not treat an illness. Family members and friends with differing opinions or philosophies may be involved. The decision process is arduous and everyone dreads its necessity.
In most cases you will have questions about how to tell whether the right time has come in addition to questions about what to expect and what the procedure is.
When is the Right Time?
Maybe your pet has become debilitated by age or disease to a point where their life quality deteriorates to an unacceptable level. We will discuss the treatment possibilities and the potential outcomes to guide you through the decision making process.
How is the procedure performed?
The aim is to avoid any pain and distress during euthanasia. Most commonly for guinea pigs we will place them comfortably with their bedding into an anaesthetic chamber. Then turn on the oxygen followed by the anaesthetic. They quickly become drowsy and fall asleep which progresses to anaesthesia. Once they are deeply anaesthetised and are not aware of anything we give an overdose by injection.
Afterwards what happens?
There are options that depend on the wishes of the owner. Some owners take their animal home for a home burial. Some prefer to send their pet for cremation. Most cremations are in small groups. If the owner would like to take the ashes to scatter in a special place or to keep then they are cremated individually.