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When it’s time to say goodbye…

When you have made the difficult decision to have your beloved pet put to sleep, you may have some questions such as, does it hurt? can the vet visit us at home?  what happens afterwards? We would like to answer some of these questions and go through the process so you always feel prepared.

How do I know when it's the right time?

Firstly, if you are unsure whether it is ‘time’ please contact the surgery to chat with a member of staff. We are always happy to talk it through with you, we understand it is a very difficult decision and will make sure to take the time to listen and give our advice. The bluecross offer a brilliant support facility so take a look.

What does euthanasia involve?

We are all kind and experienced vets and will make sure your pet ends their life in a painless and dignified manner. The procedure involves putting a needle into their front leg and giving them an overdose of an anaesthetic agent. The anaesthetic will allow your pet to drift off to sleep before it stops their heart. It is quick and painless. If your pet is stressed at the vets or becomes at all worried we will give them some light sedation first to make sure the process is as smooth as possible. A nurse and vet will carry out the procedure but you are welcome to stay with your pet throughout, there is no pressure either way.

What will happen to my pet's body?

You can take your pet home for private burial if you wish, alternatively you can have them cremated. There is also the option to have your pet’s ashes returned so you can either keep them or scatter them in a special place.

All pets euthanased at Ash Tree go to the Suffolk Pet Crematorium. This is locally based in a peaceful farm setting. Your are very welcome to visit the crematorium or take your et their yourself.


Can my pet be put to sleep in the car or at home?

With some notice we will always try to accommodate this, if you would prefer this option. We understand it can be stressful bringing your pet to the practice.

I am struggling to cope with the loss of my pet...

Don’t worry. We are here to help and there are other experts on hand to offer support. You can contact the Blue Cross or Our Special Friends to start to talk it through.