St. Leonard patient: Winston

Home euthanasia service

“The most important time of all is the time we have to say goodbye”

We are so lucky that at a time when they need us the most, the lifetime bond we develop with our pets can be honoured with the prevention of their suffering.

It is imperative to us at SLVC, that this process is completed in the correct manner, with compassion, empathy and respect. It is an honour to be with you to support you at this time of need.

Home euthanasia is without doubt, the most important service that we provide. Removing the potential stress a visit to the practice may cause, makes a huge difference to everyone involved.

Our vets have experienced for themselves, the heartache associated with losing a pet that they love and therefore we believe that there is no one else better to support you through this process.

Who qualifies for the service?

Anyone with a pet in need (both existing and new clients).

How do I know when the time is right?

You don’t have to do this alone. We dedicate our lives to helping pets and the people that love them.

If you are unsure whether it is time then we can help you with the decision after we have spoken to you and examined your pet.

How does the process work?

A sedative will be administered in to your pets muscle which will feel like a short, sharp scratch. This is the only slight discomfort that will be experienced during the whole process.

Once a deep sedation has been induced with your pet comfortable, asleep in their bed, the final injection is administered, usually in to a vein.

The veterinarian then confirms your loved one has passed away peacefully.

What happens next?

You can spend as much time as you need.

You may keep your pet for home burial or we can organise either an individual or group cremation for you depending on whether you wanted ashes returned.

If we are organising transportation for the latter, your pet will be wrapped in blankets and carried gently out to the ambulance.

How much notice do you need?

We understand that urgent situations may arise and in such circumstances we will strive to come out and see you ASAP during working hours.

The more notice you give us however, the more chance we have of working around your schedule and ours.

I have more questions

Please call the practice at any time to discuss your individual needs and questions with one of our vets. There is never any charge for our advice.