What to expect at euthanasia

 

When it comes to the end of your pet’s life it’s natural to feel devastated as we can share an intense bond with our animals. It may be hard for some people to understand the depth of feeling you had for your pet but you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for them.
Once you have come to the decision that it’s’ time to have your pet put to sleep, contact us at the practice where we will try to accommodate you in the best way possible. Some people prefer to have a home visit which can be arranged, please give us as much notice as possible for this to ensure that a vet is available.
When you come into the practice, the vet will ask you to sign a consent form to authorise the euthanasia and make arrangements for after they have passed away. An individual cremation is available, where your pet’s ashes are returned to you either in a casket to keep, or a box to bury or scatter.
When you are ready the vet will administer the euthanasia injection and your pet will lose consciousness and pass away peacefully.
The vet may administer sedation before putting them to sleep depending on the temperament of the animal. This will help remove any stress for your pet during this situation. Throughout this whole process you can take as much time as you need and if you have any questions the vet will happily help where they can.
The passing of a pet can be devastating but you must allow yourself time to grieve if you need to. There is a lot of support information online or if you would prefer to talk to someone there is a Pet Bereavement Support service who can be contacted on 0800 096 6606. We also have information at the practice regarding the loss of a pet.