Bereavement

A Difficult Decision

The decision and subsequent loss of a pet can be a very difficult time for everyone. Pets quickly become members of the family and understandably their absence can be a difficult thing to adjust and cope with. Although we all wish our pets would pass away in their sleep when the time has come, in reality this does not always happen. Many of us have to contemplate the difficult decision of having a beloved pet put to sleep. The act of putting an animal to sleep, also known as euthanasia, will vary dependent on your pet’s condition and temperament. Generally it is in the form of an overdose of an anaesthetic, which is injected into a vein in their foreleg. The injection is then transported to all of the vital organs and generally acts incredibly quickly.

At Ashworths, we try and accommodate all individual requests to ensure that the decisions you have made are carried out as you would hope for. Home visits for euthanasia are available but can only be done at certain times of the day. Please give yourself time to grieve and remember your pet in whichever way helps - talking, writing, looking at photos. We will happily keep any collars or bedding items for you or even clips of hair if you wish. Some people find, in time, that they want to get another pet but don't rush into this as you need time to come to terms with your bereavement, otherwise it may be something you regret doing too quickly. If you feel that you need some help to get through this time then there are sites available for more advice and someone to talk too.

http://www.livingwithpetbereavement.com/

Specially Trained Staff

All our staff appreciate how difficult this time may be for you, so please contact the surgery and speak to a member of our team. You may find this easier to discuss sometime before you make your decision or after if you or your family are finding it difficult to cope.

You may if you wish have your pet’s ashes individually cremated so that they may be returned to you and your family. We work closely with two companies called Dignity & AFS (Animal funeral services). Dignity are a local family company based in Hartley Wintney. AFS are based in Ledbury, Herefordshire and although further away still offer a very good service.  Please follow the link below to find out more about what Dignity or AFS can offer you. 

http://www.dignitypetcrem.co.uk

http://www.animalfuneralservices.co.uk/