Saying goodbye to your pet

We understand how distressing losing a beloved pet can be, whether it is sudden, or a decision must be made to say goodbye. We are here to help you every step of the way.

One of the most difficult decisions a pet owner may have to make is whether, or when, to have their pet put to sleep. However, when a pet’s quality of life has become so badly affected as to raise the question of whether euthanasia should be performed, it can also be one of the kindest decisions that an owner can make on their pet’s behalf.

Most often the decision to opt for euthanasia is made when pain or disability has deprived the animal of the quality of life it deserves, and where the problem either cannot be treated or where a decision has been made not to give treatment. In cases such as those of chronic disease or when a pet is very old, the decision is often not only a medical one but also depends very much on the individual animal. In such circumstances an owner may well know better than we do when the time has come for their pet to be put to sleep.

Home visits

We are always willing to perform euthanasia at home and can usually arrange a visit at a time to suit you and your family. Please discuss this with any of our team. Do bear in mind that we might not be able to come out at very short notice.

It is perfectly natural to feel upset and emotional when a pet passes. After all, he/she has probably been part of the family for a number of years, and it can be devastating to lose such a close friend. You should not be afraid to show your feelings in the surgery, everyone will know what you are going through and will be sympathetic. Be prepared for the fact that different members of the family will react very individually to the loss of a family pet. If children are involved, it is important to consider that this may be their first experience of death. Being honest with them, telling them the truth about what happened, and how grown-ups feel about it will help children very much. Good times with the pet should also be remembered.

There are several options to consider after a pet has been put to sleep. It is possible to take the pet home after for burial, if this is not an option then your pet can stay with us and we can arrange cremation at a pet crematorium. Usually pets are cremated together but it is also possible for us to arrange an individual cremation. If you decide that you would like to have your pet’s ashes returned to keep or scatter there are a lovely range of caskets, urns and other tributes available. Some owners prefer to make their own arrangements with a pet crematorium or cemetery.

We hope this helps you with the many questions and dilemmas you will have but remember you can phone us to discuss any aspect or arrange to see one of the vets to help you put your mind at rest that your beloved pet will be well looked after and cared for in their final moments.