Euthanasia and Bereavement
Coming to terms with the end of our pet’s life can be the hardest thing we will ever have to face with our loved companions. Our team of vets and nurses are always available to help to help you make decisions or guide you further. We have pets ourselves and so genuinely understand what you’re going through and will do our very best for you and your pet at this difficult time.
How do I prepare for the end, or know that the time is right?
We are never quite prepared for the death of a pet. Whether death is swift and unexpected or whether it comes at the end of a slow decline, losing a loved companion is always an extremely difficult thing to come to terms with. Everyone secretly hopes that their pet will eventually die peacefully in their sleep and be found lying in their favourite spot in the morning. However, for various reasons, including the prevention of suffering, three quarters of our pets have to be put to sleep and the decision then rests in our hands.
Please see the list of questions below to help you decide if the time is right or not.
Euthanasia is the induction of painless death and literally means ‘gentle death’. Other terms you may hear are ‘put to sleep’, or ‘put down’. The decision to end a life is never easy. It takes courage and is our last responsibility to a pet who has given us love and companionship. Many owners feel guilty about requesting euthanasia, as they don’t like to think that they are the ones to make the decision to decide when their pet’s life must end. This is a natural feeling to have but we should be aware that a gentle death is the kindest gift that we can give to an animal at the appropriate moment.
Veterinary surgeons do not exercise this option lightly. Their medical training and professional lives are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of disease but they are also aware of the balance between extending an animal’s life and preventing them from suffering.