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When the time comes – pets


Putting an animal to sleep is not an easy topic to talk about or even think about. As pet owners ourselves, we know it’s like losing a member of the family.

Providing the right care at the end of a pet’s life is the last and possibly greatest thing we can do for them. Although unpleasant, it is a good idea to plan ahead in order to avoid rushed decisions under these most difficult, upsetting circumstances.


We’ll give you as much advice and support as possible, so that you can make the difficult, but informed decision. You’ll have the opportunity to ask our vets and nurses as many questions as you like.

When the time comes

When the time is right for you we will treat you and your pet with the upmost respect and given as much time as you need. It can be carried out either in the surgery or we can come to your home at your request. Whether you stay with your pet during the procedure is entirely up to you – it may be a comfort to you to see that euthanasia is usually a quick and gentle process.


Most people opt for cremation arranged by us. Usually, this is communal cremation with other dogs but we can arrange for individual ashes to be returned – our team can discuss this with you. There are also options for caskets and keepsakes.

It is entirely natural to feel upset when your dog dies. After all, your dog is a beloved family member. Do not be embarrassed about showing your emotions – veterinary staff expect you to be upset.

The Bluecross website also offers some useful information.

Below are some useful guides to Pet Bereavement that you may find useful: