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  • Losing a beloved pet

    It can be hard to know when the right time has come to put your pet to sleep and we are always here to help guide you with your decision. Once a decision has been made we will try to make the experience as stress free as possible for you and your pet. We can book you in during a quiet time and we have a special room set aside so that you don’t have to sit in the waiting room with other clients and their pets. Should you like to have your pet put to sleep at home we will try to accommodate this to the best of our ability.

    How is it done?

    Euthanasia, or putting to sleep, is done by giving your pet an overdose of a barbiturate which is a type of anaesthetic. It is given into a vein and is quick and painless. First you pet will lose consciousness then breathing and heart beat will stop. If your animal is anxious or stressed a sedative can be given first. Sometimes an intra-venous catheter is placed into the vein. You can either stay with your pet or leave him or her with us, the choice is very individual and is entirely yours.

    What happens to my pet’s body

    Once your pet has passed away you have several options with regards to what can be done with the body:

    • Burial at home (you must check with your local authority if this is allowed)
    • Cremation with other pets
    • Individual cremation with ashes returned for scattering
    • Individual cremation with ashes in a casket (with or without nameplate)

    We all appreciate that this can be a difficult time for the whole family, please call us if you need to discuss anything regarding your pet. You may also find the The Ralph Site useful.