Saying goodbye – how best to help your pet
October 14, 2023
CW // Content Warning: Some readers may find the content of this article upsetting.
One of the most heart-breaking parts of being a pet owner is when it’s time to say goodbye, and as animal lovers, all our team would agree that this is one of the toughest parts of the job. However, the ability to bring suffering to an end can also be a kindness.
Euthanasia is not an easy thing to talk or think about, but knowing what to expect during the appointment can make the whole experience a fraction less upsetting.
We are always available to discuss end of life care and to answer any questions you may have, and we understand how difficult these conversations are so please do not worry if you can’t discuss the subject without becoming emotional.
What happens during the appointment?
We try to book in euthanasia at the beginning or the end of the day so that the surgery is at its quietest. You can bring additional family members.
Your vet will explain to you how the procedure works and what to expect. Please feel free to ask questions.
You may also be asked what your plans are for your pet after the procedure, whether they will stay at the surgery so we can arrange a communal or a private cremation, or whether you will take them home to bury in a special place in the garden.
Most owners choose to stay with their pet during the appointment. During these last moments, it can be of great comfort to pets knowing that their owner is there with them. If you are able to stay with your pet and talk to them and stroke them this can be really beneficial.
However, some owners find this too painful, and this is also okay. If you become very upset this can distress your pet so in such a case it may be easier for both of you to take a few moments to say goodbye at the start of the appointment, and then leave your pet in our care.
After the procedure you can take some time to say goodbye to your pet should you wish to.
It can take a long time to process the loss of a much loved companion and there is support available through organisations such as the Blue Cross if you feel it would help to talk to someone who understands the difficulties of pet loss.
If after reading this article you have any questions, please do Get in touch with our team who will be happy to help in any way they can.