The Final Visit
Much as we love our pets there sadly comes a time when we have to say goodbye.
How do I know when the time has come?
Our vets can help you make this most difficult decision. We will talk through your concerns and help you find the best course of action for you and your pet.
Your pet may be gradually going downhill, they may be losing weight or not eating or drinking. They may be struggling to move around or having trouble with urination or defaecation.
We will always offer you all the possible treatment options, however there eventually comes a time when there is nothing more that can be done.
What happens next?
Putting a pet to sleep is usually a quick and painless process. We put a catheter into the vein and give an injection which allows your pet drift off. They will stop breathing and the heart stops quite quickly. Sometimes there may be a few gasps or twitches – this is purely a muscle reaction and the body shutting down – not a sign of life, and your pet is not aware of it. The bladder or bowels may empty and their eyes don’t close.
You can choose to be with your pet during the euthanasia or we can give them a cuddle for you. You can see and spend some time with your pet afterward if you desire.
We offer a cremation service including individual cremation with the ashes returned to you. There are various casket options if you are having an individual cremation.
As our pets are members of the family there is a huge sense of loss and grief, when a pet passes away. We have a bereavement counsellor who can have a chat or point you towards professional help if desired.