End of Life Care

Our pets are a big part of our families, so losing a pet is a very difficult and heart breaking time. There is nothing that can fully prepare you for the loss and journey of grief that you will experience after. At Alma Veterinary Hospital we understand how difficult this time is and treat all of our patients and clients with the utmost kindness and respect.

Euthanasia

We are fortunate as humans to be able to perform this last act of kindness to our beloved animals to relieve any pain or suffering. Euthanasia involves a pain-free injection which allows your pet to gently and painlessly drift off to everlasting sleep.

When the time comes we can offer you a couple of different options to suit your preference and make this time as comfortable as possible for you and your pet. Firstly we can arrange an appointment at the surgery during a quieter time of day, where we will allocate a longer appointment slot to allow you as much time as possible with your pet. Secondly, we can arrange to visit you and your pet at home so that you are in your familiar surroundings where you can take as much time as you need.

After Care

After the passing of your pet there are different options available to you. These include cremation or home burial. We can arrange an individual cremation for you, where your pet's ashes will be returned to you in a vessel of your choice, or a communal cremation where no ashes are returned. Otherwise, you may prefer to bury your pet at home, we can provide you with a pet coffin should you wish for one.

We work closely with Pet Cremation Services who provide many different ashes return vessels. Please click the link above to view their return options or contact us at the surgery for an information brochure. We also work closely with Dignity Pet Crematorium, who specialise in a more personal service including the option for you to accompany your pet to the crematorium.

We understand that at this time of sadness it can be very hard to make such decisions. We are here to help and guide you as much as we can. Our team of experienced vets and nurses are available to discuss all of your needs and to provide you with bereavement support.

Below are some links to two different pet bereavement websites that offer pet owners more support and guidance before, during and after this very sad time.

The Ralph Site Pet Loss Support

The Blue Cross Bereavement Support