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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, 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 speak with a member of staff. We are always happy to talk every aspect 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?

Our sympathetic 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 injection into their vein. Your pet will then drift off into a very deep sleep before everything then comes to stop. It is a very quick and totally painless process. If your pet normally becomes stressed at the vets we can give them some light sedation first to help ensure the process is totally stress free for them. 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 afterwards?

You can take your pet home for private burial if you wish, alternatively we can arrange for them to be cremated.

There is the option to have your pet’s ashes returned so you can either keep them or scatter them in a special place, and some keep-sake tribute items are also available upon special request.

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 by prior arrangement.


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.

If you would prefer a home visit please call us in advance to discuss the options.

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

Please don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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.