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Saying Goodbye To Your Pet At Home

Peaceful and Respectful In-home Euthanasia Service

We believe that all pets deserve a peaceful farewell in the place that they feel most comfortable, surrounded by loved ones. So we created a vet service to allow families and pets to experience a dignified and loving pet euthanasia at home. 

 

If you have decided that the time has come to say goodbye to your pet and you would like us to attend your home, please click the button below to request an appointment.

 

One of our compassionate team will then contact you to make the arrangements and answer any questions you may have about the process. 

What to expect from the process

booking

When you have decided the time is right to say goodbye, then call us to arrange a suitable time and location for our vet to visit.

Home visit

Our vet will visit your home at a prearranged time, asses your pet and discuss the process of saying goodbye.

Farewell

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When you're ready, the vet will give your pet a medicine so they are comfortable and sleepy. Once your pet is sleeping, they will then administer a second medication, causing them to pass away peacefully. You may hold your pet, or have them resting in their favourite spot in the house.

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Aftercare

After your pet has passed, our team will be there to offer you support as you grieve. We also offer cremation and memorial services to remember your loved companion.

Our Services

Euthanasia at home

Your pet will be given a respectful farewell in a peaceful environment

Cremation

We work with highly respected and respectful pet crematoria to ensure that your pet's body is cared for after euthanasia.

Memorial

Many families like to have ashes returned or a memorial item created. Our family care team can discuss these options with you when you book your initial appointment.

"The consultation that I had with you was what I needed to help me look at my Sitka's quality of life more rationally, and feel a bit more confident in the fact that I was making the right choice with euthanasia. This was a decision I was having to make alone and I was experiencing so much doubt and guilt.

I'm also extremely grateful that we were able to carry out the euthanasia at home. I was honestly really scared that I'd have to bring her into the clinic and have it done there, where she would be stressed and frightened. It took a huge weight off my shoulders."

Sitka’s Mum, Nahia

"I have only just now sown the forget-me-nots you very kindly gave after you were so kind in helping poor, elderly Stephen at his end. I started planting the terrace here at the beginning of lockdown, and now Stephen’s seeds will flower under a gorgeous fig that has been growing all spring and summer.

 

My real thanks goes to you and the team in walking me through Stephen’s last months. You all made a very difficult time very much easier. I have rarely come across so much compassion and understanding. I have recommended you and the team to every pet owner I know. Very many thanks again."

- Steve's Mum, Horatia

"I am just sending this to express my sincere gratitude to Dr Emma for the support she gave me and my beloved Poppy when she was put to sleep this week.

 

The care that we received from the practise was outstandingly good. Throughout the process I felt free to talk to Poppy and blubber my goodbyes to her without inhibition. Of course Dr Emma will have no idea how much that meant to me"

Poppy's Mum, Elizabeth 

To set up an appointment to speak with our hospice care team, please fill out the form below.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much notice do you need in order to arrange a home visit?

We ask for at least 24 hours notice if possible so that adequate arrangements can be made - this includes working out transportation routes, parking requirements and after care options.

I'm still unsure if this is the right decision, what shall I do? 

Please visit our pages designed to help you recognise the signs that it may be time to say goodbye - for dogs and cats. Alternatively, our staff are on hand to help answer any questions that you may have.

 

How do I know if my pet is in pain?

There are many signs that are often missed by pet owners that are useful to know, too many to list in a short answer, But we’d encourage you to read this article on our website to learn more.

 

What areas will you come out to?

Please check the map below for the areas we currently service.

 

Should I have my children present at the time of saying goodbye?

We are very happy for the whole family to be present, but this is a personal choice. Children react differently based on their age and stage of emotional development. It is quite normal to be upset, for example, and it can help children to be present as death is a natural part of life. So, as painful and emotional as the loss of a pet is, if it is a peaceful process then children will build resilience by experiencing the passing of a pet. 

Should I have my other pets present at the time of saying goodbye?

The answer to this is maybe, it depends on the pet. Some pets seem not to react at all to the loss of a companion, but particularly bonded animals do suffer grief like we do. If you have a bonded and calm other pet that will not disrupt the pet that is being euthanised, then it’s not likely to be a problem. But if you have a pet that gets upset and disturbs the process, then it may be best to keep them away from events. This is a question to be discussed with us before the euthanasia.

What are the cremation options?

We offer three main options which are receiving your pet’s ashes back in a scatter box, a terracotta urn or an engraved wooden casket. There are other options so please do ask when you make your appointment.

 

Can I bury my pet at home?

You can, although there are certain regulations you need to bear in mind. You cannot bury your pet if you do not own the burial site - for example in a nearby park or if you are renting your home. It must be 50 m away from water sources and several feet deep.  And if your pet has had chemotherapy or controlled drugs such as the euthanasia medication then it is better to choose cremation with the ashes back to scatter or bury.

Is a natural death an option?

Some pet owners don’t believe in euthanasia, while others can’t see their way to having any part in ending their beloved pet’s life. Whatever the reason, some owners believe a natural death is the best choice for their pet. A natural death might seem like an ideal end, but it’s an option that comes with a warning label. As with humans, animals can simply die peacefully and naturally in their sleep, but this is a rarity and unlikely to happen in the way you would like.

 

Choosing a natural death means that your pet has to ride through the illness to the end, which might take a lot of time. You may see your pet suffer, which can be emotionally distressing for both you, your family, and your pet. It can be a tough option to take, but for those who want to make this choice, your vet will be there to help you through the process, explaining as much as they can about what to expect. And offering palliative care as best possible. Be prepared however to use many medications as your vet is obliged to ensure that your pet does not suffer. This is what human doctors do at the end of a human life and many of us have wished we could offer a more humane, dignified alternative as we can for pets.

Our current service areas


EN, WD, HA, NW, AL, N, SG1, SG2, SG3. SG4, SG11, SG12, SG13, SG14, LU1, LU2, LU6, HP1, HP2, HP3, HP6, HP8, EN4, EN17, EN18, IG7, IG8, IG9. IG10, CM16, CM18, CM19

Postcodes that are within the congestion zone/ULEZ may incur additional charges.

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To book your appointment to talk to one of our specially trained hospice vets, please click below.