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EUTHANASIA

 

It is a sad fact that when we welcome a new pet into our lives, we will one day have to say goodbye to it, and suffer all the heartache and distress which that parting brings.

With modern medicine, regular vaccinations and worming, and better diets, our pets are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. But there comes a point for many when the pain of illness or degenerative diseases is growing and the quality of life is fading, and it is kinder to end all the suffering than to keep trying to fight the inevitable.

Euthanasia is performed by giving a lethal injection, an overdose of barbiturate. It is just as though the patient were being anaesthetised for surgery, and there is no pain or discomfort. Most people bring their pets to the surgery for euthanasia, but if you prefer, we can visit you at home, thus avoiding stressing the patient with a journey. (although of course this does increase the cost). A nurse will usually hold the patient in the correct way to enable the vet to inject into the vein in the leg. You will be able to stroke and talk to him all the while if you wish. Some people find this too upsetting, and prefer to leave us alone with the patient. That is fine; in fact, if you show you are very upset, it may distress your pet, so not being there might be better. Death comes very quickly - usually within a minute.

Cremation or burial?

You need to decide what you want to happen to your pet's remains. It is perfectly acceptable to take him home and bury him in your garden. There are no laws or byelaws against this, as long as the burial is on private property. If you prefer, we will arrange for your pet's body to be cremated and his ashes buried. Alternatively, we can arrange a private individual cremation, and the ashes will be returned to you in a wooden casket. You can then bury the casket, or scatter the ashes wherever you want.

The cost of the various options is listed on our 'prices' page - click here