Coping with the death of a pet in any circumstances is very difficult for all concerned and we will always do our utmost at Wendover Heights to help and support you as much as we can.
The most difficult decision that any pet owner has to make is the decision to put a pet to sleep. We are not complacent in any way about the feelings of the individuals and families concerned and we fully respect that the process will be an incredibly difficult time and that everyone deals with it in different ways.
Your vet is the most qualified person to assist you with an informed decision and it is not a decision that they themselves will come to lightly. They will consider all aspects of the circumstances involved and ascertain the quality of life that your animal is experiencing. You yourself know your pet better than anyone else and will probably know when the time has come to let your pet go, but your vet will be there to provide advice when you require it.
The link below provides some information which you may find helpful if you are trying to deal with the loss of a pet.
We also have available at the Practice a book, ‘Missing My Pet’, which could prove helpful with the difficult task of helping support children trying to come to terms with the death of a pet.
Written by 6-year-old Alex Lambert whose much loved dog, Star, has died, it gives a child’s perspective on the time surrounding Star’s death. It also includes a section written by Alex’s mum, containing practical help and advice aimed at parents.