Saying Goodbye


We understand how difficult saying goodbye can be, and offer a compassionate end of life service.

Being pet lovers ourselves, we know that a pet is not “just a pet”, but rather a beloved member of our family, bringing joy and companionship to our lives. We understand how difficult coping with the loss of a pet can be.

Sadly, there comes a time when we have to say our goodbyes.

Every goodbye is personal and we understand that grieving a pet is like mourning a family member.

It can be helpful to talk through your feelings with family and friends and our veterinary team is always here to offer emotional support should you feel alone.

What happens?

We know how important your last moments with your pet are.

Pets are euthanised peacefully either at one of our surgeries or at home.

The vet may sedate your pet first and then they usually inject the euthanasia drug into one of your pets’ veins. Your pet will become unconscious within a few seconds; after a few minutes body functions such as breathing and heart rate slow down until they stop.

Sometimes, reflex actions such as passing urine, tensing muscles or gasping may occur.

Please do not feel concerned, these are completely natural and your pet will be completely unaware and not feel any pain.

Should I stay with my pet?

This is a very personal choice. However we can help guide you to making the right decision for you and your family and we will fully support you in the decision-making process.

Some people find that staying with their pet helps them to come to terms with their loss, whilst others may find this too upsetting.

Understandably some people would prefer their pet was at home when the time comes to say goodbye. We can offer home visits with a vet and nurse which can help provide comfort and familiarity to all concerned.

Unfortunately, we cannot always guarantee the availability of home visits, but we will do our best to make this time as easy as we can for you and your pet.

Laying your pet to rest

We work closely with CPC cremation service.

They offer individual or communal cremation. If you opt for individual, your pet will be cremated alone and you will receive their ashes back either in a casket, urn or scatter tube.

For more options, please speak to a member of our team or visit the CPC website.

Compassion Understood

Compassion Understood is an online resource to provide clear, reliable information about our pet's end of life. They can help you with:

  • Guiding you in planning for this difficult time.

  • Making the right decisions.

  • Clear and accessible information.

  • Coping with the passing of your beloved pet.

For more information, details can be found on their website.