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What is euthanasia and how is it done?

Euthanasia is the process of ending your pet's life in a completely pain free manner in order to relieve suffering. At Hills District Veterinary Hospital we take great care to make sure that this is a peaceful and smooth process for both pet and owner(s). Most pet owners need to face this difficult decision at some stage in their life. Your pet can also be sedated beforehand if requested, or if the veterinarian deems it in their best interests. Our staff will be with you to support you throughout the whole process and to answer any questions you may have. An intravenous catheter will be placed in your pet's forearm to allow access to a vein. Then, when you are ready, an injection of euthanasia solution will be administered through the catheter. The injection only takes a few seconds to work.


After the procedure has been performed there are several options available to you. You can take your pet with you for home burial or we can organise group or private cremation.

  • If you elect home burial, a biodegradable calico bag will be provided to you free of charge. We can also take a paw print and lock of hair as a keepsake if you wish (also free of charge).

  • If you elect general cremation we will send you a paw print and lock of hair in the mail but you will not get any ashes back.

  • If you elect private cremation you will get a paw print and lock of hair sent in the mail as well as your pet's ashes back. There are multiple vessel options available for ashes including urns, boxes, stones and jewellery. If you have a preferred cremation company, we can make contact with the company on your behalf.

Euthanasia - Hills District Vet
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