End of Life Care

We are here to help

We are here to help

As a pet owner, there is no harder decision to make than choosing the time to say goodbye. No one knows your pet(s) better than you do, so you will know if they still have the same quality of life that they are used to. All pets are different, so don’t be afraid to ask our team if you need advice.

When you are ready to make an appointment, simply contact your surgery and the team will guide you.

Can euthanasia been done at home?

Yes. We are more than happy to visit you and your pet in your home. It is a personal choice and we want to do whatever is easiest for you.

How is euthanasia performed?

After having discussed your wishes we will ask you to sign a consent form.

Your vet will clip a patch of fur, usually on your pet’s foreleg to locate their vein. Once your pet is comfortable the vet will then carry out the injection. The injection is similar to an anaesthetic so they will not feel any pain and just feel like they are falling asleep. It is usually a very quick and painless procedure.

Many people are surprised at how peaceful euthanasia can be.

Occasionally when your pet is unconscious, some involuntary movements such as twitching and deep breaths may occur. This is perfectly normal when your pet’s muscles relax as their body is shutting down.

Do I have to be present whilst euthanasia is performed?

It is your choice to be present or not. Being there with your pet when he or she is put to sleep can be an emotional time. You may also feel relief in knowing you can comfort your pet during their last moments while you say goodbye.

This is not true for everyone and we fully understand if you do not want to be present with your pet when the injection is given. There will be time for you and your family to say your goodbyes afterwards.

What happens afterwards?

If you wish to have your pet cremated, there are two options for cremation.

  • An individual cremation is when your pet is cremated on their own and you will receive their ashes back afterwards. This will take place at PCS Pet Cremation Services, Guilsborough, Northamptonshire.
  • A standard cremation is when your pet is cremated with other pets at PCS Pet Cremation Services, Guilsborough, Northamptonshire


Alternatively you may wish to take your pet home with you afterwards for home burial. Your vet will discuss these options with you in your appointment and there is no need for you to rush your decision.
If you have further questions or would like to talk with a nurse, please do not hesitate to contact us on your usual surgery number.

Pet bereavement support services

Would it help to talk? The Pet Bereavement Support Service offers confidential telephone and email support for pet owners. Emotional support and practical information is provided by trained support line volunteers. The service is run by The Blue Cross and is a member of The Helplines Association and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Call: 0800 096 6606
Email: pbssmail@bluecross.org.uk

Paws to listen grief support service

Need to talk to someone? Paws to listen grief support service from Cats Protections is a free and confidential phone line for when you are experiencing pet-related grief. Call them on 0800 0249494 and talk to one of their trained volunteer listeners. While they are unable to offer counselling, they can provide you with a sympathetic ear at a difficult time. The line is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Fri