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Housecalls for pets’ final goodbyes

A team of Wairarapa-based veterinarians have recently started a home euthanasia and aftercare service called Devoted for when the time comes for owners to say their final goodbyes to their pets.

The service aims to provide a more comforting option than an in-clinic procedure.

Many animals can become stressed when exposed to the sounds and smells of a vet clinic. Therefore, allowing a home euthanasia service can ensure the pet is comfortable for their final hours.

“Providing the very best care, and helping to ease pain and suffering, is something Devoted takes very seriously,” said veterinarian Adrian Evans, who manages the service.

“Sadly, the majority of pets do not die in their sleep, and many elderly pets can eventually suffer from debilitating diseases, such as arthritis or chronic organ failure.

“Most owners will know when their pet is suffering, and the time has come. We feel privileged to be able to help bring them peace and make the experience as stress-free as possible for the family.”

Before the procedure, the animal is given a sedative to ensure a peaceful passing.

Devoted also provides a “dedicated aftercare process” that involves using an environmentally friendly, sustainable cardboard casket and non-woven bags to carry pets, and can also organise the cremation and return the pet’s ashes.

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