When the time comes
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.
When is the right time?
Sometimes it’s difficult to know how our pet is really feeling. They can’t tell us if they are in pain so it’s our responsibility to look for signs of any changes that suggest that their quality of life is deteriorating. You may notice your pet has become particularly withdrawn or quiet and doesn’t want any physical contact or to go out.
They may have stopped eating or drinking, and their toilet habits may have changed. An injury or illness may be affecting their wellbeing. To prevent further pain and unnecessary suffering it is important to talk through options with your vet who will help to guide you on the right time for making a decision about euthanasia.
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 will usually be carried out in the surgery, but if this isn’t possible for you please give us a call to discuss your options, as in exceptional circumstances we may be able to offer a home visit. 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.