Discussing your pet’s end of life.

Regardless of the species a pet becomes part of our lives and we are honoured you chose us to take care of his or her health needs. We also know that quite often there may be a nagging thought in the back of your mind about what will happen when the time comes to say goodbye.

Research among pet owners carried out by Compassion Understood found that 21% of owners would like to know more about end-of-life care and euthanasia options at a time when their pet is fit and healthy, leaving 79% who prefer to leave thinking about it until later in their pet’s life.

Every pet owner and their situation are unique and we like to be as open as possible about the subject of euthanasia and offer advice and support. Robin Lewis & Associates Veterinary Practice is a Compassion Understood Platinum Accredited practice, which means that 100%  of our team have taken specialist training to ensure that we can help you prepare for your pets end-of-life and offer support to you and your family, whatever choices you make about your pet’s euthanasia.

We are often asked “when is the right time?” when it comes to making the decision about pets’ end-of-life, as this is a very difficult decision for you, their owner, to make. One of the things that can help you is to use a quality of life assessment. These are ideally started when your pet is well and helps you track the changes to their life-style, happiness and comfort. Ask us about starting one of these for your pet or downlaod it here   Vets2Home Pet Owner QoL Score Sheet

We offer home visits if you would rather your pets passing happen in the comfort of your home, please contact the surgery to arrange.

It is not uncommon for us to hear concern from pet owners about what happens to their pets’ body after they have passed away. We would like to reassure you that we work with a reputable pet crematorium that we have visited and trust.

You may wish to have your pets ashes returned to you following cremation, there are a range of caskets, urns, scatter boxes, photo boxes and paw print memorials available, if you would like to pre plan and choose your vessel before hand then please visit www.pcsonline.org.uk and let us know your choice on the day.

Communal cremation and home buriels are also options to consider.

If you have any specific questions or you would like further information, please do give us a call.

You may also find it helpful to visit the Compassion Understood website www.compassionunderstood.com

 

Bereavement Support 

www.cats.org.uk/grief                             0800 024 9494                9am-5pm  mon-fri

www.theralphsite.com

www.ourspecialfriends.org

www.samaritans.org

The blue cross bereavement line              0800 096 6606              8.30am-8.30pm everyday

Testimonials

Thank you all for the care you gave to Bambi over the years, especially during her last few months. Tina and Sadie – I can’t thank you enough for making such an upsetting time so much easier to bear with your kindness and compassion. Mrs JA, Pentre

To Sadie & Tina Thank you very much for the respect and dignity with which you treated my dear 20 year old cat Merlin, when you came to my house. You were both so kind and gentle, thank you both Ms J Scott, Blaenrhondda.