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In-Home Euthanasia for Pets

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 a member of the family after all and it can feel like a betrayal or even playing god.

 

However, it’s important to remember that, above all, euthanasia (the act of helping a pet pass peacefully) is an act of compassion and love.

 

When it becomes clear that an animal’s condition is terminal, euthanasia can prevent the unnecessary pain and anguish your pet could experience as their condition declines. It also eases the emotional trauma you and your family may feel as this happens.

We believe that all pets deserve a peaceful farewell in the place where they feel most comfortable, surrounded by loved ones. So we created a vet service in London and Belfast to allow families and pets to experience a dignified, loving in-home euthanasia. 

Then one day we suddenly realised that we had been keeping him alive not because it was good for him, but because it was good for us, because it was too hard to make the decision to let him go...

Anna Quindlen 

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Is Your Pet Struggling?

If you have decided that the time has come to say goodbye to your pet and you would like us to book a peaceful, compassionate in-home euthanasia, please get in touch with our team.

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Janine Kember

Roundwood are the most kind supportive and compassionate people, from the moment you make the first difficult call, to making the whole experience pet and owner centred.

Jason Dumphy

The care & compassion from the first phone call was all you could hope for. They explained everything & how home euthanasia would work.

Michael Nicholls

I would 100% recommend Roundwood Pet Hospice Care. They are very caring and so compassionate towards you and your pet from the start.

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What Will Happen During an In-Home Pet Euthanasia?

Call our team to book an in-home euthanasia appointment.
When you have decided the time is right to say goodbye, then call us to arrange a suitable time for our vet to visit.
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Our vet will then come to your home, assess your pet and discuss and prepare the euthanasia process.
Our team will visit your home to undertake an in-home euthanasia.
When you're ready, our vet will begin the euthanasia process, administering two medications, one to make your pet sleepy, a second to cause them to pass away peacefully. 
Following an in-home euthanasia our team will provide grief support
After your pet has passed, our team will be there to offer you support as you grieve. We also offer cremation and memorials.
  • How much notice do you need in order to arrange a home visit?
    24 hours notice is ideal where possible so that adequate arrangements can be made - this includes working out transportation routes, parking requirements and after care options. But we can usually accommodate requests made on the same day.
  • I'm still unsure if this is the right decision, what shall I do?
    Please visit the pages on this website designed to help you recognise the signs that it may be time to say goodbye - for dogs and cats. We also have pages on recognising pain in dogs and cats. Alternatively, our team are on hand to help answer any questions that you may have.
  • How do I know if my pet is in pain?
    There are many signs that are often missed by pet owners that are useful to know, too many to list in a short answer. We’d encourage you to read this article on our website to learn more. We also have dog and cat specific articles.
  • In what areas is your service available?
    We are currently offering our services in: - North-West London - North-East London - Belfast - Liverpool We are also currently hiring vets in various locations.
  • Should I have my children present at the time of saying goodbye?
    We are very happy for the whole family to be present, but this is a personal choice. Children react differently based on their age and stage of emotional development. It is quite normal to be upset, for example, and it can help children to be present as death is a natural part of life. So, as painful and emotional as the loss of a pet is, when it is a peaceful process then it can help children to build resilience by experiencing the passing of a pet. For more information on helping children grieve, read our dedicated page.
  • Should I have my other pets present at the time of saying goodbye?
    The answer to this is maybe, it depends on the pet. Some pets seem not to react at all to the loss of a companion, but particularly bonded animals do suffer grief like we do. If you have a bonded and calm other pet that will not disrupt the pet that is being euthanised, then it’s not likely to be a problem. But if you have a pet that gets upset and disturbs the process, then it may be best to keep them away from events. This is a question that can be discussed with us before the euthanasia.
  • What are the cremation options?
    We offer two options which are receiving your pet’s ashes back in a scatter box or an engraved wooden casket.
  • Can I bury my pet at home?
    You can, although there are certain regulations you need to bear in mind. You cannot bury your pet if you do not own the burial site - for example in a nearby park or if you are renting your home. It must be 50m away from water sources and several feet deep. And if your pet has had chemotherapy or controlled drugs such as the euthanasia medication then it is better to choose cremation with the ashes back to scatter or bury.
  • Is a natural death an option?
    Some pet owners don’t believe in euthanasia, while others can’t see their way to having any part in ending their beloved pet’s life. Whatever the reason, some owners believe a natural death is the best choice for their pet. A natural death might seem like an ideal end, but it’s an option that comes with a warning label. As with humans, animals can simply die peacefully and naturally in their sleep, but this is a rarity and unlikely to happen in the way you would like. Choosing a natural death means that your pet has to ride through the illness to the end, which might take a lot of time. You may see your pet suffer, which can be emotionally distressing for both you, your family, and your pet. It can be a tough option to take, but for those who want to make this choice, your vet will be there to help you through the process, explaining as much as they can about what to expect. And offering palliative care as best possible. Be prepared however to use many medications as your vet is obliged to ensure that your pet does not suffer. This is what human doctors do at the end of a human life and many of us have wished we could offer a more humane, dignified alternative as we can for pets. If you choose to go down the natural death route, we have some guides on what to do if your dog or cat dies at home.

Our Service Areas

At Roundwood Pet Hospice, we offer palliative care and in-home euthanasia services to pet owners in several areas across the UK. Our current service areas are listed below.

Dr Emma Clark, an end of life veterinarian, with her two dogs

Worried your pet may be struggling? Reach out to our team today.

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