It is not always easy to decide when is the best time to say goodbye to your pet. But when you do, we are here to support you through this difficult time.

There are a few things you may want to think about.

Your pet will be given an injection of pentobarbitone into the vein, usually in one of the front legs. This is basically an overdose of anaesthesia, so your pet will literally drift off to sleep. It is painless and peaceful.

In very old or sick pets their blood pressure can be low and it may be difficult to find the vein easily. If this is the case the vet will discuss this with you and may suggest other options.

Again, usually in the very old or sick pet, they can have a few large gasps after they have passed away. This is known as cheyne-stoking. It is a reflex reaction, your pet has died at this stage so is not aware of this but it can be quite shocking for you to see if you are not expecting it.

Do you want to stay with your pet? You may want to stay with your pet while we perform the procedure or, if you find this too distressing, you may prefer to say your goodbyes, then leave your pet with our vets and nurses. Let us know how you feel, we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.

If you would prefer for us to come to you, this can be arranged.

Once your pet has passed away you may want to think about burial or cremation. You may choose to bury your pet on your property or at an approved pet burial site. Alternatively you may wish for your pet to be cremated. If you rent your property or move frequently, cremation gives you more choice about how you handle your pet’s remains. You would not get the ashes of your pet back with our standard cremation service but if you wanted your pets ashes back to scatter or keep there are many options available to suit your individual needs. Please see our leaflet for details. You also have the option to take your pet directly to the crematorium if you wished.