The decision to euthanase a pet is never an easy one, but is often the final kindness we can offer a pet which is suffering, or losing all quality of life. Be assured that our aim is to treat your pet with respect at all times and to make the situation as calm and pleasant as is feasible.
The act of euthanasia involves an intravenous injection of a high strength barbiturate drug. For the pet it is the same as having an anaesthetic, but one from which it will not wake up.
Once your pet is deceased we treat their bodies with respect. In the main they are cremated together, on our behalf, by a very reputable compassionate company called Lime Kiln Farm Crematorium based in Gloucestershire.
It is quite acceptable to take your pet home for burial. However, be advised this is not always a practical proposition. Through Lime Kiln Farm we can arrange individual cremation of your pet and subsequent return of your pet’s ashes in a small wooden casket. These may then be buried or scattered as you wish. This usually takes up to two weeks for return of your pet’s ashes in these circumstances.
In the days and weeks afterwards there may be a marked sense of loss in the family. Please remember you can always talk with us at this time.
You may also wish to contact the Pet Bereavement Support Line on 0800 096 6606.