The home pet euthanasia visit – what to expect

3 Stage Technique for home dog and cat put down

Paul is not like any other vet because he provides specialised caring and gentle home pet euthanasia. Paul uses his 3-Stage Technique which is explained below.

The most important part of the 3-Stage Technique is that it is at home. Your pet will be calm and relaxed in the company of friends and family.

When Paul visits, you can expect it to be calm and quiet.  Have a look at our reviews for more detail on what people feel about our visit.


Paul’s work is entirely dedicated to improving home pet euthanasia (and end of life)What happens during euthanasia

Paul uses the most up-to date and gentle methods for home pet euthanasia. These have been refined and developed over a lifetime of experience and research.

Alternative terms for euthanasia are “put to sleep”, “put down” or “PTS”.

What happens during the 3-Stage Technique

This is a system developed by specialist vets, and now adapted by Paul at Quietus Vet for his patients. The 3-Stage Technique is globally acknowledged as the gold-standard.
It benefits both pet and owner.

Stage 1 
A very simple small injection (given under the skin like a booster vax) – contains a mix of pain-relief and sedatives – Paul assesses your pets needs and creates a mix most appropriate to your pet.

Stage 2
Another simple injection that your pet will not feel. This induces a deep anaesthesia so there is no knowledge of the last injection:

Stage 3
The final injection.

​Euthanasia at home instead of at the vet surgery

Paul is not here to replace your usual vet. They are the best people to keep your pet healthy and happy.
He can work alongside your normal vet to make this essential event as good as it can be.Paul visiting a house in nottinghamshire

  • Many practices now ask Paul to make their home euthanasia visits for them
  • Clients can now make that decision themselves even if they have no normal vet.  You don’t need permission to call us.

Normal vets don’t mind you calling us. They know they don’t have the time or manpower to perform dog and cat put to sleep as well as us.

A step-by-step description of how the visit will happen:

1) First – call Paul on any of our numbers listed below.
Speak to Paul, or leave a quick message if he is unable to answer at that moment.

2) On the phone, we will have a brief discussion about you and your pet and will decide on a date and time for Paul’s visit.

Paul will need some details from you (your pet’s name, your name, address and phone numbers. That sort of thing).
If you know what services you need, you may wish to pre-pay over the phone before the visit.

3) The visit – Paul will arrive at the agreed time (or will have called you if he has been delayed for some reason).

He’ll sit down and have a chat about your pet, and your wishes.

Paul will ask you to sign a consent form authorizing humane euthanasia (put to sleep)  for your pet. The form also confirms that you have authority to sign this request.

Paul will ask you to pay at this stage (if you haven’t paid already on the phone). Cash or credit/debit cards are fine.  That’s the paperwork done.

4)  Paul will create a special mix of sedative and analgesic pain-relief designed for your pet. It’s a tiny injection – like a vaccination but with a smaller needle.

5) Take these 5-10 minutes to say your goodbyes as your pet becomes sleepy and drifts off into a deep and relaxed state. Both dogs and cats are still aware of your touch and your voice at this point despite being sleepy.

6)  Paul will give a second injection to further improve the sedation/anaesthesia after 5 minutes or so. Your dog or cat won’t feel this at all.

7)  The stage 3 (final) injections. ​Paul may clip some hair.
By this stage, your pet is totally asleep and has no knowledge or feeling at all that anything is being done. The total unconsciousness we have achieved to this point is at the heart of our 3-Stage Technique.

When you are ready, Paul will give these final injections.

You’ll notice very little change.
Just some muscle relaxation. (There may be some leakages at this stage – totally normal and natural. Paul will contain it using a blanket or pad)
Paul will then check that everything has stopped – usually using a stethoscope. He can leave you alone again at this stage if that is what you need.

8) Depending on your aftercare choices, Paul may leave you all now. Or we will gently carry your pet to the car. He may require help lifting larger dogs, and does have equipment to help.

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