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Euthanasia and Cremation

We understand that your pet is part of your family, and this will probably be one of the hardest decisions you have to make.

This is one of the most stressful roles that vets perform and we appreciate the distress this causes for you, the owner.

When you feel the time is right, your vet or nurse can talk to you about your options and settle any worries you may have about the procedure itself.

Our Farewell Room is available, avoiding the need to wait in the waiting room and allowing you to spend as much time as you wish with your pet.

House visits can be arranged if you wish.

What happens beforehand?

When the decision has been made to put your pet to sleep, you will be asked to sign a consent form. This is a document confirming that you have authorised us to proceed with your pet’s euthanasia.

Can I stay with my pet?

It is a personal choice as to whether or not you stay with your pet during the euthanasia. If you do stay, the euthanasia will only happen when you are ready and you will be able to stroke and comfort your pet during the procedure. If you do not wish to stay or if you feel distressed, it may be best to leave the room and return afterwards, when you can spend some time with your pet to say goodbye.

What will I see?

Euthanasia is usually performed by the injection of a concentrated anaesthetic agent into a vein. Your pet will quickly and peacefully lose consciousness as the body shuts down. Your vet will then confirm that your pet has passed away.

How to remember my pet – What are my options?

After the euthanasia you will need to decide what happens to your pet’s body. It is recommended that where possible, you discuss the

options in advance with all those involved so you can consider all the available choices carefully and calmly.

 

Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who understands. The Pet Bereavement Support Service provides confidential support and information for pet owners. To contact them in confidence click on the following link. PBSS (https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-bereavement-support)