Telephone: 01357 520251

Saying Goodbye - Small Animals - Avondale Vets

Time to say goodbye - what should I expect?

The decision to put a pet to sleep may have to be made for a great number of reasons and we will always take great care to discuss your pet’s treatment and welfare and will help you make the right decision for your pet when the time comes.

Once the decision has been made it can be performed in the surgery or at home.

You will be asked to sign a euthanasia consent form which is a legal document and must be signed by the owner or agent who must be over 18 years of age.

At the surgery we will arrange, where possible, for euthanasia to be performed at quiet times of the day, to allow plenty of time both before and after for you to say goodbye. You will be given the opportunity to spend time alone with your pet following euthanasia if desired.

Some owners prefer us to come to the house for what is a very distressing time for all the family who would prefer to say their goodbyes in the privacy of their own home. It can also be less traumatic for an elderly or unwell pet. Some owners prefer not to be present while their pet is put to sleep, some prefer to come back into the room once their pet is asleep, some simply like to say goodbye and leave remembering them as they were. This is entirely your own decision.

The euthanasia itself is in most cases very peaceful, painless and takes only a few moments.

In some instances, it may be necessary to sedate a dog or cat prior to euthanasia. This is only necessary if the pet is fractious, aggressive or particularly wriggly. We prefer not to sedate pets prior to euthanasia as it may slow the process of euthanasia by lowering their blood pressure.

Following euthanasia, you will need to consider what you want to do with your pet’s body. You can take your pet home to bury in the garden. We will wrap the body in a blanket or towel in which it can be buried. The grave needs to be about two feet deep.

You may prefer for your pet to be cremated and our staff can assist you in this decision.

In some situations, you may not be able to make a decision straight away. We can keep your pets body for a limited period while you make a decision.

We are all pet owners at Avondale Veterinary Group and understand that the death of a beloved pet can be very upsetting. We are here to help and support you through what can be one of the most difficult parts of owning a pet, saying goodbye.

If you have any questions on this sensitive matter please do not hesitate to contact us.

Out of Hours Emergency Small Animal 0141 332 3212

Visit Us

Avondale Veterinary Group
Avondale House
Strathaven Rural Centre
South Lanarkshire
ML10 6SY

Telephone:  01357 520251 Fax: 01357 521227

Avondale Vets - Small Animal Opening Hours

Small Animal
Appointments are available:
Monday – Friday : 8.40am – 6.30pm
Saturday : 8.30am – 12noon

All by appointment only

Reception is open from 8.30am to 12 noon with appointments from 9am to11.30am.

Main Reception
Main Reception is open from 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday, telephone 01357 520251.