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Saying Goodbye

As our pets get older, medicine doesn't always have the answers and despite everyone's best effort, the time we have left with our pets is eventually measured in days and weeks, not years. 

Pet hospice is what we call our service for helping your pet and family experience a better end-of-life transition. While nothing stops this from being a heart-breaking time, there is much that can be done to make sure your pet has a peaceful, comfortable and dignified sunset at the end of life.

Our compassionate team will help you with advice on things like pain management and mobility. But we'll also help you to make the big decisions together and ensure that you have all the support and guidance you need when the time comes to say goodbye.

Using a combination of tele-advice and in-home visits, we can make sure your old pet is stress-free and lives a good life, right up to the end.

 

You can book an appointment with one of our specially trained hospice team today by calling 0800 049 5944, or request an appointment.

How Do I Know When It's Time To Say Goodbye?

Making the decision to put a beloved pet to sleep is the hardest, most heart-wrenching decision a pet owner can make. Our pets are members of our families after all and it can feel like a betrayal, or even playing god.

 

It’s important to remember that, above all, euthanasia (the act of helping a pet pass peacefully from this life) is an act of compassion and love that can prevent unnecessary pain and anguish for your pet and family.

 

The hard part is knowing when is the right moment to say goodbye.

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An elderly cat drinking from a bowl

What is Pet Hospice?

Pet Hospice is a service for pets when they are entering the end of their life. A time when medicine, testing, and treatment are futile, and instead of trying to cure a pet, we accept that the end is inevitable and so our focus shifts to making sure the last days of life are good days.It's a relatively new concept in veterinary medicine and we are one of the only veterinary practices to offer this service.

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A Peaceful End of Life Experience

Saying goodbye to a cherished member of your family is first and foremost an act of love and kindness. And while it is never an easy thing to do, we believe it should be a pleasant experience for your pet and your family.

 

One of the things many families struggle with is the fear of the unknown. What does the euthanasia appointment mean? What happens? Will it hurt? There are many, many questions.

 

We address those and more in this article.

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