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RSPCA Policy A5 Euthanasia of companion animals

5.1A decision to euthanase a companion animal should ordinarily be made in consultation with a veterinarian and/or animal behaviourist as appropriate, including an assessment of the animal’s current and expected quality of life. Euthanasia may be indicated where the animal is likely to experience significant ongoing physical or mental suffering and a good quality of life is unlikely.
5.2Animals should ordinarily be euthanased by a veterinarian or, where that is not possible and where appropriate in the circumstances, by appropriately trained and skilled personnel under veterinary direction. Euthanasia must be undertaken using methods that are painless, minimise fear and distress for the animal, and rapidly cause loss of consciousness followed by death. Death must be immediately verified by appropriately trained and skilled personnel. Procedures and locations for euthanasia must minimise negative impacts on the animal being euthanased and other nearby animals.

(adopted 08/04/2024)

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Updated on April 24, 2024

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