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Saying goodbye - information and guidance on euthanasia Owner Factsheet

Some of our beloved pets are living longer and longer lives. This is due in large part to the amazing care we provide for them. As our time with them grows, so does our bond and devotion. As they approach the end of life, it can be a very challenging time filled with questions and concerns. When it becomes clear your pet's life is drawing to a close, you may face a painful and difficult decision about whether your pet should be euthanased due to unmanageable illness or advanced age changes. This factsheet is designed to help you understand euthanasia options and provide guidance to everyone caring for the pet. 

When is euthanasia necessary?

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What will happen?

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Will my pet suffer?

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Should I be there at the end?

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Should it be done at home or at the vet's surgery?

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How will I know when the time is right for euthanasia?

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How will I feel?

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How will my children cope?

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What happens to my pet's body?

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Should I get another pet?

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