Saying Goodbye

A pet is a huge responsibility & the biggest decision we will have to make for them by far is when to let them go with dignity. It is a very traumatic time but ultimately it is the last act of kindness we can give to our faithful companion to relieve their pain & suffering.

How do I know when it’s time?

If you are concerned about your pet’s quality of life it’s a good idea to keep a diary of their good & bad days & to have a consultation with your pets Veterinary Surgeon. From this they will be able to guide you through suitable options for your pets care. Many owners choose to opt for palliative care to improve their pet’s quality of life until it no longer helps.

If your pet is unwell due to the sudden onset of illness or an accident a decision will need to be made quickly to avoid any further suffering.

Whatever the circumstances it’s important to try & involve all the family in the decision making process.

What now?

Once you have decided what the best option for your pet & your family is call the clinic to book an appointment. Where possible we always book euthanasia’s your pet’s final appointment at a time when the surgery is quiet unless it is detrimental for your pet to wait. We also provide this service as a home visit but please be aware that there will not be as much flexibility with regards to the time of day we can visit as our vet cannot always leave the premises.

We will guide you through the options of what you would like to do with your pet following the procedure & the costs involved. You may even wish to pay at this time so you don’t have the worry of doing this at your appointment.

We offer two choices of cremation:

  • Individual cremation (ashes returned in your option of scatter tube/box or various casket)
  • Communal cremation (no ashes will be returned but the pet cremation service we use do not no send surplus to landfill & all of their ashes are kept on site)

Or you may wish to take your pet home for burial (pet coffin provided on request free of charge). If choosing this option please ensure the burial is not near a water course.

Although like our own end of life plans we don’t like to talk about the inevitable loss of a pet but it will help to make the experience less stressful if you decide ahead of time what you would like for your pet.

Should I stay or go?

Again this is completely your choice & you will not be judged on your decision. Where small pets are concerned it is not always possible to stay with them as an anaesthetic gas is commonly administered which we cannot expose clients to. Either way you will still be given the option to spend time with your pet after they have passed away should you wish to.

What happens?

As discussed previously we always try to ensure this service is booked at a quiet time in the clinic. Check in at the desk on your arrival & you will be asked to take a seat. If however there are others in the waiting room, you may wait in one of our consulting rooms or choose to wait outside if this is what your pet prefers. Again we will aim to see you as soon as we can & would never expect a very poorly pet to wait.

You will be asked to sign a consent form & specify your wishes for what you would like to do with your pet afterwards. If you haven’t decided we can keep your pet with us for a short time whilst you discuss your options.

Please ensure their name is spelt correctly to avoid any spelling errors on caskets & ensure you leave an up to date contact number if your pet is to be individually cremated. You will also be asked if you wish to stay with them or not & if not if you would like to see your pet afterwards.

At this point you may wish to pay so you don’t have to deal with payment after your pet has passed away.
The procedure is performed in one of the vets consulting rooms just like the routine appointments & will be familiar to you & your pet.
A blanket will be placed on the table or floor if your pet is very large. An assistant will help to hold your pet & the vet will clip a small patch of fur from the leg using electric clippers or scissors if the noise may upset them (sometimes it may be necessary to sedate your pet prior to euthanasia if they are distressed). The area is then swabbed with spirit & the vet inserts a needle into the vein & administers an overdose of anaesthetic until your pet drifts away. They will then confirm your pet has passed away using a stethoscope & it is now that you will be given time to spend with your pet should you wish to. If you chose to wait outside whilst the euthanasia was performed but want to see your pet afterwards it is now you will be welcomed to spend time with your pet alone. We encourage you to take as long as you need to say your final goodbye.

If you wish to keep your pet’s collar or take a lock of hair as a keepsake please do so.

We will always ensure your pet is dignified & at peace for you to say goodbye to them.

If you have chosen to have your pet cremated we will continue to take care of them
with dignity & respect & complete all corresponding paperwork which will continue
with the pet crematorium we use.


Our pet cremation service is provided by PCS for more information about them please click here
For support both before & after the loss of your pet please click here to visit the Blue Cross pet bereavement support