The decision to say goodbye can be the hardest decision you will ever make for your beloved pet. Our veterinarians can work with you to plan for the passing of your pet and offer advice when making “quality of life” decisions. We can usually provide an urgent service when required.

Where do I say goodbye?

We have large, private rooms within our veterinary hospital, as well as peaceful outdoor locations in our expansive gardens. We can also offer in-home euthanasia for our existing local clients (within 5km), permitting availability of our veterinarians. It is always best to plan ahead if you prefer to have your pet put to sleep at home. Please note that additional fees do apply for home visits.

What to expect?

Prior to the appointment, we can arrange pre-payment and signed consent, so that you don’t need to worry about these details later.
Once you and your family are ready to say goodbye, our veterinarian will give your pet a gentle sedative injection under the skin, to assist your pet in falling asleep so that after about 5-15 minutes, an intravenous catheter can be placed.

Once your pet is deeply sedated, a final injection of a barbiturate medication is given, which essentially is an overdose of an anaesthetic. Your pet does not feel this at all and experiences no pain in their passing. Our veterinarian will confirm when your pet has passed by listening to their heart. You do not have to stay for this final injection if you do not want to.
You can spend as much time as you need with your pet after they have passed.

What happens after my pet has passed away?

After your pet has passed, we will provide the after care, including cremation, or you can take your pet home for burial. Please check with your local council if you intend on burying your pet at home.
We have utilised the services of Newcastle and Hunter Pet Crematorium for a number of years – please see their website for more information on their various urns, boxes and keepsakes.

If you prefer to use another local crematorium, we can also arrange this with you.

We are here to help and support you in whatever way we can.