Pet bereavement services in Molesey - End of Life Care
Sadly, our beloved little friends don’t live forever; in the autumn of their lives, they often need extra help and when they are near the end, they might require care that you are unable to give them yourself. At Molesey Vets, we provide End of Life Care both at home and in-practice.
Every situation is different and we want you to know that you won’t be alone through this difficult process; our caring & compassionate team are here to support your pet and you, every step of the way. Never hesitate to ask us for help in any circumstances, we will be there for you.
You can book an appointment with a member of our end of life care team to talk about your pet’s situation; we can do this face to face, over the phone or via video – whichever is best for you. We understand that talking about end of life care can sometimes be too distressing, so you can email us your questions if you would prefer.
We are here to support your pet & you
Personalised end of life care
At Molesey Vets, we will provide compassionate, personalised, and affordable solutions to support your pet and you, with medication, therapy, monitoring, and visits to suit your specific situation. Our team can help you make your beloved pet’s last days as happy and carefree as possible.
You can count on us to be there for you when the time comes to say goodbye. We will listen to your needs and talk you through the whole process and all the options in advance. We will give you the peace of mind and support you need at this difficult time.
Making decisions in advance, at a time that feels more comfortable for you, can help to alleviate some of the worry and distress you may feel as the day draws closer. We can help you with:
- Location (at home or at the practice)
- Who would like to be present
- How you would like the entire process to be
- Options for burial or cremation of your loved one
We can also help with how you would like to remember your pet, and provide emotional support for you after they have gone.
Knowing when is the right time to say goodbye
Seeing the decline of your beloved companion is always hard and the decision to have them put to sleep may be one of the most difficult choices you ever have to make. It may have become obvious that your pet’s life is drawing to a close, or they may be suffering due to an injury or illness, which has impacted their quality of life.
Unfortunately, it’s less common for our pets to pass away naturally in their sleep. Instead, as owners, we’re tasked with making this life-ending decision on their behalf. At Molesey Vets, we believe that choosing to have your pet put to sleep (euthanised) is the kindest thing you can do for them if they are suffering.
As pet owners, we understand how special pets are to their human companions and how upsetting it is when it’s time to say goodbye. To give you the best support possible, our clinical and reception teams have all completed specific training in pet bereavement.
Questions we get asked about pet euthanasia include:
- How will I know when it’s the right time?
- What will happen during the procedure?
- Should I stay with my pet?
- Should I let other pets or my children be there?
- What will happen after?
The final decision ultimately lies with you. However, our Veterinary team has the experience and knowledge to offer you advice, explain your pet’s condition and what they will be experiencing, and answer your questions. We are here to support you too, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call us on 0208 979 1384.
Pet cremation services
At the Molesey Veterinary Centre, your pet will always be treated with the care and dignity they deserve. We use a trusted pet cremation service who will also care for your pet in this way.
Remembering your pet
Finding ways to commemorate the wonderful life your pet had with you can help with the grieving process. If you decide that you would like to have your pet’s ashes returned to keep or scatter, you can choose from a lovely range of caskets, urns, and other tributes. If you wish, a lock of hair can be clipped for you to treasure. For pets buried at home, a shrub or flowers to mark the spot can be a lovely reminder. Ask our team for more information.
Further pet bereavement support
- The Blue Cross has a bereavement service, accessible 365 days a year www.bluecross.org.uk – their telephone number is 0800 096606.
- A sensitive pet bereavement website, The Ralph Site, offers advice on dealing with the loss of your pet and offers owners a chance to share their stories if they so wish – www.theralphsite.com
- For children, we can recommend a lovely book called Missing my Pet, written by a Vet and her son Alex, who was 6 years old when his dog, Star, died. Other books on this topic are also available at online retailers.