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Putting a pet to sleep

As time goes on in a pet's life you may well find yourself having to make a final decision on their behalf. To have an animal put to sleep is never an easy choice. When the time comes you have to make one of the most difficult and perhaps bravest decisions of all. To allow a dearly loved companion to go peacefully before they completely lose their quality of life and worse still, their dignity, can be a kind way to say a final goodbye. When this most sensitive of issues needs to be addressed, we aim to make it as straightforward and stress free as possible.

So, when you recognise this time to be approaching, there are choices you can make; and we will do our utmost to help you with that decision.


We will always try to make an appointment either at the end or beginning of a surgery period.


In the surgery or at home.

Want to stay or go?

Do you want to stay with your pet or would you rather come in afterwards or perhaps just remember them as they were? They will not be alone. We are always there with them.

The actual act of putting to sleep involves an injection of a drug similar to an anaesthetic, in which the animal passes away peacefully.

Afterwards, please do not feel that you have to rush away. If you would like to stay for a moment we have a quiet room for you to gather your thoughts.

Finally, we have a 'Book of Remembrance' kept in reception. You are welcome to put a photograph and a few words that will be a happy memory of your pet for us all.

If your pet dies at home, please let us know as soon as you feel able so that we can adjust our records. More importantly we can help with any decisions that you might need to take regarding cremation or burial or just be there for a few words.

Cremation or burial

We routinely use the cremation service of a registered pet crematorium. Ashes can be returned if communal cremation is not desired. With individual cremation ashes can be returned in a casket or china urn for scattering. Alternatively you may choose to bury your pet at home.

Further advice

Coping with bereavement

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