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.
- 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.
Coping with the loss
Everyone deals with grief in different ways. When grieving for a much-loved pet, you or other members of your family may experience a range of emotions from shock, denial, disbelief and, very often, guilt. Should you wish to talk to anyone at your Veterinary surgery, we can offer support and advice.
If, after reading these pages, there are still facts you would like to know, we will be more than happy to help. Please contact us at the surgery.
The following organisations and articles can provide further information, help and support:
Here at the cat Clinic, we have a team of Veterinary Nurses who have been trained by Compassion Understood and are able to offer pre-euthanasia consultations. These consultations, enable owners to raise any questions or concerns that they have regarding the process of euthanasia. They can also guide you through the different cremation and casket options available to you. Most importantly they will be there to listen and support you. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.
Further services and resources include:
My Family Pet - Helping children understand pet loss
My Family Pet - Saying goodbye to your pet
The Ralph Site
The Blue Cross
The Blue Cross also offer a bereavement support line if you would like to talk to someone. The number is 0800 0966606. The sites above also offer special books that have been written to help your children understand the loss of their pets.