Euthanasia

There is never a good time to say farewell to a much loved pet. Sometimes a pet may die from old age, in their sleep or as a result of an accident.

There are also occasions where you as the pet owner may need to consider euthanasia. The word euthanasia is derived from Greek words meaning the gentle death, it is usually very quick and most pets do not feel anything beyond the needle being put into the vein. This is often a kind release from pain, suffering, or failure to respond to veterinary treatment. We encourage owners to stay with their pet at the time of euthanasia so the pet is comforted and the owner can see they do not suffer. If your pet becomes distressed the vet may advise giving a sedative prior to euthanasia to decrease the stress levels and allow them to pass easier.

Whilst most euthanasia is done at the surgery we can also come out to your home to put your pet to sleep if you would prefer and can arrange the crematorium to collect direct from your house or bring them back to the surgery if you do not want to keep them at home.

If you find yourself having to consider euthanasia for your pet, our staff are here to help you make the right, informed decision. There is never a right or wrong time for euthanasia to be done, just the time that felt right at the time.

You may find some comfort by visiting the website of the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement on the following link:

http://aplb.org/aplb/welcome.html

Cremation

We would normally arrange for your pet to be taken to the cremation when the time comes. The Pet Cremation Services can provide routine cremation or individual cremation with ashes returned. You can make private arrangements by contacting them direct and they can collect from your home.

Some people may want to bury their pet at home. We can help you make the right decision.

Please ask our staff should you need any help or advice.

More information is available on the Pet Cremation Services website.