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Your pet’s last visit

Saying goodbye to our beloved furry friend is a heart breaking time.

We understand that your pet is part of your family, and this will probably be one of the hardest decisions you have to make. Making that decision when the time is right can be incredibly difficult task and often clients will agonise for a period of time whether they are doing the right thing or not for their pet.

When you feel like the time is right, it can help tremendously to have already given some thought to your options regarding the final arrangements. This can help to relieve any stress or concerns that you might have, at this highly emotional time.

Our Head Nurse, Becky, will be holding Pre – Euthanasia consultations at the practice without your pet present, so that you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and go through options such as your pet’s after care. It is important to remember your wishes aren’t set in stone and you can change your mind at any time.

Once the decision is made, again contact us and we will arrange a date and time for your pet to be euthanised. This last service can be done at the surgery or in the comfort of your own home. If at the surgery, we will always try and arrange a time during a quieter part of the day, such as after morning consults or in between afternoon and evening consults.

You of course are most welcome to be present in order to say goodbye at this time. The procedure is performed within one of the consultation rooms, usually with your pet lying on a nice comfortable vetbed. You stroke his head whilst we clip hair away from the front leg, the nurse will raise the vein, and the vet will very gently inject an overdose of anaesthetic. Your pet will then fall asleep and his heart will stop within seconds. This should be a very smooth and painless procedure. It is a good way to go.

If he becomes distressed at any time during the process, then often we will take a backwards step and sedate him before attempting again 5-10 minutes later.

Then we need to have a conversation about aftercare. Some clients are able to take and bury their pet at home, but usually they are cremated through the St Francis pet crematorium at Fiddlers Green just off the A30. Either he will be communally cremated with  his ashes scattered in their memorial gardens or individually cremated, whereby he comes back within a casket or scatterpouch.
We of course hope that this process does not happen anytime soon for you and your pet. But if the time is drawing closer, we are here to help in anyway we can. Please phone 01872 273959 to talk this through further.