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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 be 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.
A standard cremation is when your pet is cremated with other pets. No ashes are available to be returned after this process.
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.
The Blue Cross
The Blue Cross offers bereavement support if you would like to talk to someone.
Phone: 0800 0966606
The Wheelhouse Pet Loss Support Group
Visit us on Facebook.
The Ralph Site
A not-for-profit website that provides support to pet carers around the loss of a beloved companion.
Individual cremation service
The Wheelhouse Veterinary Centre offers a bespoke individual cremation service on-site at our Chesham surgery, to ensure your pet receives the best after care possible. All our individual cremations are carried out by fully trained staff to ensure that the ashes which are returned belong to your pet. This is the Wheelhouse Guarantee.
Individual cremations can take up to two weeks depending on the type of casket you would like your pet returned in. Your pet will be cremated and their ashes returned in a cardboard scatter box unless you request a casket or urn. There are several different caskets and urns that can be supplied by the practice depending on your requirements. Plaques and memorials are also available on request. If it is your wish to supply us with a special casket or urn, then we are happy to transfer the ashes here for you.
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