We are proud to be associated with LEGACY Pet Crematorium which has been in operation over the past 20 years. They are a member of the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (AOPCC) and they abide by their code of good practice.
When is the right time?
This depends entirely on the quality of life of your pet.
An animal’s psyche is to live in the present moment, if it only knows pain and suffering, it becomes frustrated and depressed.
If the pain can be managed through correct medication or procedure, then it is reasonable to expect the owners to follow the vets professional advice.
However, if the pain cannot be relieved or the discomfort cannot be addressed, then it is time to consider euthanasia.
Financial constraint is a very real consideration when it comes to an expensive operation or on-going treatment. If an owner cannot afford the recommended treatment, euthanasia is a far better option than leaving a pet to suffer.
If a pet is mature and has a strong bond with the owner, re-homing (in the event of emigration) is not necessarily the wisest choice. In the same way should the owner die. Then is such case’s euthanasia could be the kinder option.
It is unfair to ask the vet to make the decision for you. Be guided by their professional advice, but the actual decision has to be your own.
Speak to your vet about whether or not you should be present. Usually the pet is comforted by the presence of the owner, but if you are going to “break down” you might cause the pet more distress.