What happens next?
There are several options available for your pet. Your Veterinary team can discuss these with you and give you an idea of costs involved.
- Communal Cremation – Leave your pet with us to be cremated with other pets. With this type of cremation, no ashes will be returned to you. For the majority of our clients, this is the most appropriate form of closure.
- Individual Cremation – A private cremation for your pet. Your pet’s ashes will then be returned to you in either a sealed casket of your choice or a scatter box, for you and your family to scatter their ashes in a location of your choice. Our team will have several options you can choose from.
- ‘Taking them home’ – You can also take your pet home for burial, but please bear in mind this may not always be practical. We can provide coffins for home burial. Please ask any of our team.
- Some surgeries also have a local pet cemetery company that will arrange everything from collecting your pet from the vet, preparing a grave and performing the burial. Our practice team will be able to give you further information.
When will I need to decide?
We would encourage you and your family to discuss these options before your pet is put to sleep, and to let your vet know. We will keep a note of your wishes with pet’s notes. However, in some cases the euthanasia may have occurred after an accident and you will need more time to make this decision. It is possible for us to keep your pet for a short time afterwards, to give you and your family time to reflect before making a decision.
Pet Loss Support
The loss of a much-loved pet can have a devastating effect on its owner and family. This can sometimes take people by surprise and leave them feeling unsure about what to do.
Hilary our dedicated Bereavement Counsellor specialises in pet loss support and is here to help.
The death of a pet is no different from the death of a human; the bereavement process is the same. And, surprising as it might sound, for a lot of people it can be even worse than the loss of a human companion. Very few relationships have the unconditional quality of a pet relationship.
The emptiness and huge void that pets leave behind can become unbearable. To help and support people at such a difficult time, Hilary is available for you to talk to, this can be face-to face, over the phone or via email - whatever suits you. This confidential, one-to-one service is here to support owners and help them reach a point where they can live with the loss.
If you don’t feel comfortable with one-to-one help then you could always come along to the Pet Loss Support Group who meet regularly at the practice. Here you will meet people who have gone through or are going through a bereavement and you can chat informally over a coffee.