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Losing Your Best Friend

You can never really imagine that you are going to lose your special friend one day. We all hope that they will just quietly go to sleep one night at home however in many cases it will be you who will need to make the decision to let them go. This decision is extremely difficult however you are not alone - we are here to help guide you through this time and ensure that you are comfortable with your decision that the time is right to say goodbye.

Most pets have an average life span of around 12 years. Many live longer and unfortunately some shorter.

In terms of the ageing pet it all really boils down to quality of life. Are they happy?  Can they do the things they used to do?  Are they suffering or in pain? All of these questions can be talked through with us so that you really do have a complete picture of where things really stand and you can make the decisions that you need to. The most important thing is to do what is right for your pet even if it means that you suffer yourself.

We are not going to push you into any rash decisions nor are we going to let your pet suffer needlessly when maybe you cannot see that they are. A decision usually involves the entire family unit talking and voicing their own opinions and discussing these with us.

When the time does come, then we will guide you through the process. Your pet will not know what is going to happen. We use an extremely strong anaesthetic solution that is usually injected into a vein on their front leg. They may feel the needle tip going through the skin however, no more than an ordinary injection. It will take only a few seconds for the solution to induce a total loss of consciousness and then soon after the breathing and heart will stop. You may wish to be with your pet or you may not - the decision is yours.

Most euthanased pets are cremated - you can choose whether to have their ashes returned to you or not. Some people like to bury them at home. Whatever your decision, here you can be assured we treat your pet with the utmost dignity.

At such a difficult time it is our aim to ensure that you have made the correct decision at the correct time. Overall you should walk away with the feeling that it was the right decision and you can now focus on all the great times you shared together. We want you to feel privileged for the time you spent together.

A wonderful anonymous verse sums it all up...............

forget me not heart

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep.
Then, you must do what must be done.
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad I understand
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day more than the rest,
Your love and friendship stand the test.

We've had so many happy years,
What is to come can hold no fears.
You do not want me to suffer, so,
When the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me until the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know, in time you will see,
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail it's last has waved,
From pain and suffering, I've been saved.

Should you have any questions in regards this matter please don't hesitate to give us a call.

https://awl.org.au/pet-cremations/