At NuVet, we know that your pet is part of your family, and losing a pet is a terrible blow. We hope that the information on this page will help to reduce the distress of this time, by preparing you and answering many common questions. If you are struggling with grief at the loss of a pet, there are several organisations which can help with grief counselling such as the Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support We also have a Facebook Memorial Gallery, and some people find it helps to add them to our page here

What is euthanasia?

Many of us hope that when our pets become older and unwell, they will gently pass away in their sleep. That can be a lovely and natural way, but unfortunately if they are in pain, fear or distress in their final hours, euthanasia may be the kindest option. “Euthanasia” means “good death,” and it involves giving an overdose of anaesthetic at a controlled time, to end a pet’s pain and suffering. It is also known as “putting an animal to sleep” or “putting an animal down”  

How do I know when it is time to say goodbye?

You know your pet best, so while we can guide and advise you about the best time to say goodbye, you see your pet every day, and can judge their quality of life. The time to say goodbye is when you pet is no longer enjoying their life and we know they are not going to get better. Our practice app has a quality of life assessment tool, which takes 5 minutes, but can really help you consider how happy your pet is

What happens when my pet is euthanased?

If you decide to put your pet to sleep, we will ask you to bring your pet to us at the end of one of our consultation periods; this ensures you are not caught up in the middle of a busy consultation period and gives you time with your pet after they have passed away.

We totally understand that some owners wish to be with their pet when they are put to sleep, whilst others find this emotionally too difficult. Either way, we will treat you and your pet with the utmost care and respect.

Your vet will explain what they will do and what you should expect. They will also ask you whether you wish to hold your pet if you have decided to be present. Your pet may be sedated before being injected with the anaesthetic. The amount of anaesthetic given means your pet will quickly fall asleep and then pass away painlessly.

When a pet is put to sleep there is often an automatic reflex by the body, this is where the pet seems to “take a breath” after the pet has passed away. This can be a little disconcerting if you are not aware that it may happen and why.

What happens to my pet’s body?

You have the choice of either taking your pet home to bury or to arrange a cremation with a pet crematorium, or you can leave it to us to make all the cremation arrangements on your behalf – most owners decide the latter.

If you decide on cremation, your pet’s body will be placed into cold storage until the crematorium collect’s their body. You can either chose standard, communal cremation, or individual cremation, where your pet’s ashes will be returned to you.

For more information about the crematorium, please look here

Below is the list of vessels available for your pet’s ashes if you chose individual cremation. The prices shown are in addition to the standard cremation charge, and are charged at cost price.


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