Saying Goodbye to a Much Loved Pet
Losing a pet can be a very sad and emotional time and making the decision to have them put to sleep can be one of the hardest parts. Here at Astonlee we understand the bond that you have formed and that they are often one of the family.
There are many factors to consider when making the decision and talking things through with friends and family can help. Your vet can help by discussing quality of life. This can include assessing pain and behaviour, has this changed or progressed?
We are not here to make the decision for you but we can help and support you with this.
Call Reception to book an appointment with one of our Vets if this is something you'd like to discuss.
The injection goes into a vein, usually on your pets front leg, and is an overdose of an anaesthetic drug. This means they will fall asleep and their heart and breathing will stop in a minute or so, and they will quietly and painlessly slip away. Generally prior to this we will place an intravenous catheter to ensure we have access to a vein so the process is as stress-free as possible for both your pet and yourself. You can choose to have your pet euthanased either at the surgery or at home and this is an option we can discuss with you when the times comes.
Should I stay with my pet?
The decision whether to stay with your pet when they are put to sleep is a very personal one. Some people prefer to stay during the euthanasia and find it helps them to come to terms with their loss, whilst others find it too upsetting. Please do not feel guilty if you decide not to be there, we understand that it is a difficult time and fully support you whichever decision you make. If you decide against being there at the time, be assured your pet will be supported and comforted by a member of our nurse team, who will cuddle and care for your pet until the end.
What happens after?
Once your pet has been euthanased you need to make a decision as to whether you would like to take them home to bury or to have them cremated. You can always call us to discuss the options and we can look after your pet until you are able to decide.
One option is to have your pet cremated at a specialist pet crematorium, either with other pets or individually. If you opt for an individual cremation, the ashes will be carefully collected and returned to you either in a plastic scatter pot or wooden casket. We can arrange this process for you.
Alternatively, some people prefer to arrange their own cremation service, this is also fine, just let us know what we can do to help.
Grieving the Loss of a Pet
Losing a pet can often be like losing a close friend or family member. It is ok to grieve their loss and talking about your feelings can often help.
Blue Cross- Pet Bereavement Support Service
The Pet Bereavement Support Service offers confidential support, understanding and practical information for pet owners and others in contact with animals, through its free telephone (0800 096 6606, open 08:30 to 20:30 every day) and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) support line service.
The Ralph Site
The Ralph Site is a non-profit website that provides information and support to pet owners around the loss of a beloved companion. It was set up by Vet Shailen Jasani and his beloved cat Ralph died in a road accident.
You can talk to Samaritans at any time of day or night.