Our pets are more than just an animal to us. They are family. When the time comes for them to leave this earth and cross the Rainbow Bridge we will go through many emotions :- denial, anger, confusion, depression and then finally acceptance. Sometimes we have time to prepare, sometimes our beloved pet will make the decision for us. We have put together some information that we hope will be helpful and comforting during a terribly sad time.
When is the right time to let my pet go?
This is one of the hardest decisions for a pet owner and a very common question. Every pet’s situation is different which is why it is important to discuss this with your vet before you come to any decisions.
If you would prefer a house visit this is a service that we can offer with a vet and a vet nurse. This is obviously less clinical and makes the process more peaceful and less stressful for everybody involved.
It is legal for you to bury your pet at home as long as you do not pay an organisation to do it for you. Your vet has judged it safe for your pet to be buried at home without causing a risk to you or other animals.
This information sheet from British Veterinary Association provides more information on burying your pet at home http://www.bva.co.uk/uploadedFiles/burying_your_pet_at_home.doc
My pet has passed away in their sleep during the night – what do I do?
This is one of the most comforting ways for a pet to cross over the rainbow bridge for an owner, but at the time is extremely shocking and raises many questions on what to do next.
- You may want to cover them up with a blanket to prevent distress to other family members.
- Call your regular veterinary practice to inform them. It can be a shock to find your pet has passed at home, so if there is someone else to make the phone call this will also help you.
- If you wish to have your pet cremated using our pet cremation service we will ask you to bring your pet into the surgery.
- Your pet will feel heavier when lifted and so if you have a large pet it is advised you prepare your vehicle before moving them. Place blankets/bedsheets down to protect your car, open doors or the boot to help with loading. You might need someone to assist.
- On arrival go to reception and they will call a vet nurse to come and assist you. They will come out to your car and take your pet through the back door for privacy.
- They will then support you and go through the cremation options. If your pet saw a regular vet they will be informed on your behalf.
Other services – please ask the vet nurse
- Hair clipping –There are companies that will place a small hair clipping in an item of jewellery such as a locket or a ring.
- Paw print – Our vet nurses can take an ink print of your pet’s paw.
Other mementos to remember your pet
- Pet portraits
- Hair/ashes jewellery
- Plant a tree
- Make a scrapbook of your favourite photos
http://www.theralphsite.com/ a non-profit support group with lots of helpful advise
http://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-bereavement-support Bereavement support line and information from the blue cross
http://www.pet-crematorium.co.uk/ The pet cremation service we use, you can browse in your own time the caskets and memorial products they have to offer and can see the grounds of the place for scattering communal ashes