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Pet Euthanasia

“One of the most difficult decisions we as pet owners will ever have to make is putting a beloved pet to sleep. What makes it so hard is that they really do have a way of capturing our hearts as they become an everyday part of our lives. Who else gives you unquestioned loyalty? They don’t complain. They make us laugh in their never ending pursuit to help us lighten up and enjoy the brighter side of life. However, sometimes, due to severe illness, pain or an incurable disease, they can’t go on. As hard as it is to let go, euthanasia can be the kindest thing we can offer in return. At times like these, I implore you to consider in home pet euthanasia by a mobile vet.

As a vet who has worked in many places over the years, I’ve had to euthanise pets in many different settings: in veterinary clinics and veterinary hospitals, on the side of the road, on farms, in the bush, and also while making house calls. By far the most peaceful experience for the pet is when the vet comes to them in the comfort of their own home. They are in their own comfortable bed, surrounded by only family and friends they know and love in their final moments; there is no stress.

Apart from family, I am the only one present during the euthanasia procedure. When everyone is ready, I give a small sedative injection under the skin at the back of the neck. I move out of the way so family members can be right next to their pets, keeping them calm and giving them last goodbyes. Over 5-15 minutes, this slowly causes them to fall to sleep, so they are unaware of what else happens from then on. At that point, I clip a small amount of hair on their front arm and administer the euthanasia solution intravenously. It is a very quick, peaceful, and painless process. Family members then spend as much time as necessary saying their final goodbyes. We don’t have to rush off anywhere. ” – Dr Shanon 

Perth Vet Care visits all metropolitan suburbs to offer end of life care and kind cat or dog euthanasia at home across the city of Perth, Western Australia.

Pet Euthanasia

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Why Choose Our Mobile Vet Euthanasia Service?

Saying farewell to a furry family member is one of the hardest decisions a pet owner has to make.

At Perth Vet Care, we’ve meticulously planned the entire end of life care process so that it is both gentle for your pet and as peaceful as possible for your entire family.

We believe the end of a pet’s life should be just as good as the beginning. In some respects, saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be a time of reflection and, to some degree, celebration of a life well lived.

Pet Loss Professionals Alliance

As members of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, we’re pledged to care for pets (in both life and death) with dignity, respect, and professional skill. We’re committed to honouring the wishes of their humans and serving familes with respect, understanding, and compassion.

CAETA Companion Animal Euthanasia Academy Certificate

Our vets have completed the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy Master Program in euthanasia techniques and best practices.

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Complete End of Life Care

Gone are the days of having to separately arrange and pay for a vet, an individual cremation company, and a driver to pick up your pet after the vet has visited.

If you’re having your pet cremated, we take care of the entire process for you so that you and your family can spend those precious final moments with your beloved pet.

After our vet visits to provide pet euthanasia at home, they can transport your pet for cremation (cremation fees apply). Once your pet’s ashes are ready, we will also bring them back home to you.

One person, one payment, and complete care from beginning to end. 

Pet Cremation

We offer a wide range of pet cremation options, including wooden boxes, ceramic and metal urns, scattering tubes, garden plaques, keepsakes, jewellery and more. View all pet urns and keepsakes.

Alternatively, you can choose an individual pet burial at the Lawnswood Crematorium pet cemetery. You may also want to check out these other options for a pet cemetery in Perth.

Optional Extras

  • a copy of your pet’s paw print on card as a memorial token
  • keeping a lock of pet hair
  • have a small portion of your pet’s ashes retained and incorporated into a memorial keepsake or pet jewellery
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How to Make the Loss of a Pet Easier

Some positive things you can do to help the healing process and to commemorate the lives of your dogs and cats include the following:

  • take photographs with your pet before the euthanasia, where possible.
  • have a painting done of your pet to hang on the wall.
  • get their paw print in clay.
  • give your pet a treat they don’t normally have on the day of their euthanasia.
  • we can save a lock of your pet’s hair as a keepsake.
  • we can take a paw print for you to keep.
  • plant a tree in memory of your pet.
  • have your pet cremated and returned in a decorative urn; see more info here.
  • have your pet cremated with their favourite collar, teddy, or blanket.
  • incorporate some of your pet’s ashes into a decorative keepsake, such as a spun glass globe or jewelery.
  • scatter their ashes in their favourite place.
  • elect to have your pet buried at Lawnswood Crematorium’s pet cemetery, where you can visit them any day of the year.
  • hold a memorial service.
  • hold a candle lighting ceremony.
  • have a garden plaque made with their name and dates on it.
  • receive grief counselling or join a pet lover’s grief support group with Pet Eden.

Pet Euthanasia Costs

For a full list of our pet euthanasia costs, please see our pricing page.

Easy Online Booking

Sometimes it’s difficult to talk about this topic over the phone because of the emotion involved. That’s why we’ve made it a little easier by creating an online booking app so you can see our euthanasia service schedule and pick a time and day that suits you best.

If you are having your pet cremated and wish to purchase a special urn or keepsake, you can book those at the same time as well. 

If you are in doubt or have a query, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Most frequent questions and answers about pet euthanasia.

Pet euthanasia is usually based on weight and can range from $325 for a small animal, to $399 or more for a pet over 40kg.

The euthanasia injection is a bit like an anaesthetic overdose, so there is no pain involved. A pet drifts from consciousness to unconsciousness and then passes away. Most vets will also give a pre-euthanasia sedative to make sure the pet is as peaceful as possible.

A pre-euthanasia sedative is usually given under the skin, which takes 2-10 minutes for your pet to be fully relaxed. After this, the final injection is given in a vein, usually in the front leg. This is quick-acting, and pets normally pass peacefully within 30 seconds on average.

When it is not possible for them to maintain a good quality of life. For instance, untreatable disease, invasive cancer, protracted vomiting, not eating, difficulty walking, or severe trauma. Humane euthanasia may also need to be considered when financial limitations prohibit treatment and no suitable alternative can be found. If in doubt, speak to your veterinarian.

Many people will have their pet cremated and the ashes returned in a memorial urn or wooden box for safekeeping. Others prefer to bury their pets in their yard. If neither of these is an option, many crematoriums offer group cremation and disposal of ashes. This is a low-cost, yet environmentally friendly, solution for the proper disposal of pet remains. 

Besides the initial sedative medication, the euthanasia solution contains a drug called pentobarbital. This causes very minimal discomfort for your pet (aside from the initial needle being inserted into the skin).

It affects the central nervous system first so that your pet lapses into unconsciousness, followed by anaesthesia (and the absence of any pain), followed by stopping breathing and cardiac function. It’s a kind solution that veterinary medicine, thankfully, can afford for pets in pain or with a terminal illness.

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