In-home Pet Euthanasia

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In-home Pet Euthanasia

As much as we love looking after your pets, there is a part of a vet’s professional life which involves ending a pet’s life. This page was created as we understand the process of pet euthanasia is a sensitive topic that is not often discussed. We hope this page will be able to give some insight into having pet euthanasia done at home.

If you aren’t sure if it is time for your beloved pet to go, please get in touch with us or your usual vet for an assessment. You can be assured that Vetpal approaches this matter in a non-judgemental, respectful and professional manner. Our vets will be with you every step of the way and will also be able to advise on cremation matters if you are unfamiliar with the process.

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Euthanasia

εὐθανασία

εὐ- (eu-, “good”)
θάνατος (thánatos, “death”)

Euthanasia is defined as the humane termination of a pet’s life to end its suffering and pain.

As vets and fellow pet owners, Vetpal believes that in-home euthanasia is the most humane, comfortable and dignified way to end a pet’s suffering and pain.

Why Euthanise At Home

  • Your pet spends its last moments in a familiar and loving environment, surrounded by loved ones.

  • Your pet may be in great pain, making transportation to the clinic a near-impossible task

  • Your pet is immobile in its last stage of its life

  • For privacy and dignity

  • The process isn’t rushed. Spend quality time with your pet before and after the process.

Having in-home visits will remove the stress associated with euthanasia in the vet clinic. If your pet is in great pain or is immobile in its last stage of its life, having a vet go to you eases the stress of transportation as well as minimising your pet’s pain associated with moving it. Being at home means that you retain a certain level of privacy and are not rushed by the schedule of a busy veterinary clinic. It allows you to spend as much quality time you need with your pet before and after, and to process sadness and grief at your own pace. Most importantly, your pet is able to spend its final moments in a safe, familiar and comfortable environment, surrounded by loved ones.

In addition, if you have other pets in the house, they can see that their companion has passed on. Sometimes, this prevents them from getting confused as to why their companion left the house but did not return after.

Preparing for in-home pet euthanasia

When you have made the decision to have the euthanasia conducted at home, you may call us to make an appointment, either in advance or even on the day itself. We understand that things may happen unexpectedly so we will try to accommodate all requests for pet euthanasia to the best of our abilities.

Consider who you would like to have present during the process. Being there for your pet’s final moments is also possible through a voice or video call if loved ones are overseas. It is perfectly fine for children and other pets to attend the process. Most animals understand what is happening and will not intrude.

Upon arrival, our vet will explain the euthanasia process to you and your family. You will be required to sign a euthanasia consent form during the visit, before the procedure itself.

What to expect during an in-home pet euthanasia

Many families have their pet lying on blankets, towels, in their favourite bed or at their favourite place in the house. You do not need to move your pet as our vet will go to wherever your pet is. Following an initial assessment, an intravenous (IV) catheter will be put into one of your pet’s legs, allowing for injections to be delivered smoothly. When everybody is ready, a sedative is administered to help ease your pet into a relaxed state, before the final euthanasia injection is given.

The euthanasia solution is called Pentobarbital. It is an anti-seizure drug that is also used to sedate or anesthetize patients. When given in high doses, it stops the breathing, heart, and brain. Your pet will not feel any pain. Instead, all it feels is that it is drifting off to sleep peacefully. This occurs usually very quickly within minutes of administration. By the time the vet is done with the injection, your pet would have peacefully passed on already. You may see your pet twitch or take a final breath. This can be startling, but it’s a normal part of the process and will cease naturally after a few minutes. The use of a sedative makes this step less likely.

When an animal passes, its eyes do not fully close. Sometimes it loses control of its bladder and bowels, so a pee pad is usually placed under it.

What happens after euthanasia?

In Singapore, pets are typically cremated after passing on. There are 2 main types of cremation services available for you to choose from.

  • A mass cremation service where multiple animals are cremated together and after the ceremony, the ashes are not returned to the owner.

  • A private cremation service where you may choose to observe the cremation process. After which, the ashes are returned to you in an urn.

These services are offered by several pet cremation companies in Singapore and it is common for the company to pick up your pet from your home at no additional cost. It is good to note that same day private cremation services are usually arranged in advance.
We are willing to assist you If you do not know which company or service to engage.

A death certificate will be provided to dogs that have passed, which is needed to cancel a dog licence.

Links to pet cremation services in Singapore

The registered companies currently offering pet cremation services are listed below.

Price (nett, excludes any fees from cremator)

Our in-home pet euthanasia charges are dependent on the pet’s size, and range from $300-$400.

Our price categories are based on

🐈 Cat

🐕 Small dog (<10kg)

🐕🐕 Medium dog (10-20kg)

🐕🐕🐕 Large dog (20-30kg)

🐕🐕🐕🐕 Extra-large dog (>30kg)

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