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When It Comes To Saying Goodbye
The passing of a much loved pet is a sad (and can be traumatic) event.
They are, after all members of the family - they may have been with us through difficult times and in some cases they are the main reason we get up in the morning.
Those of us who have loved and lost a pet will understand that they are not ‘just a dog or cat’ and that we will grieve their passing just like any other loss.
If you are in the situation of trying to reach a decision about what to do, you can talk to us and we can guide you through the options. All our staff are trained to help you make any decisions that are necessary.
Taking a little time to prepare in advance can help you when the time comes.
Things to consider would include whether you’d like to be present at the time of injection, and what you’d like to do with your pet once the procedure is completed.
The procedure involves an injection of an anaesthetic drug. The injection is quick and painless. The vet may place an intravenous catheter in order to give the injection, and may suggest a sedative in order to relax your pet beforehand. If you are unsure as to what is happening and why then just ask and we will be more than happy to discuss your options and explain everything to you.
Because the injection needs to be done with your consent you will be asked to sign a consent form with your wishes. The options for you to consider afterwards will be:
- Home burial
- Communal cremation - this is done at a licensed facility. We use Summerleaze Pet Cremation Services - http://www.summerleaze-pet-crem.com/cms/home
- Private cremation with ashes returned (please ask if you would like to discuss a choice of scatter boxes or urns) - http://www.summerleaze-pet-crem.com/cms/urns-casks
Dealing with grief
Everyone’s relationship with their pet is unique and we may respond to grief in different ways. You may experience feelings of loss, anger or guilt for weeks or months afterwards. Do not be afraid to ask for help during this difficult time. Our staff can offer bereavement advice but would recommend you seek professional help if your feelings persist for longer than a few weeks. Some useful resources include:
- resources for pet bereavement and loss.
The Pet Bereavement Support Service (run by The Blue Cross) 0800 096 6606
British Association of Counselling - 01455 883300
Samaritans 116 123