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Dealing with the loss of a pet                 01759 371066
 

One of the hardest decisions we have to make as pet owners is whether to assist in the departure of our much-loved pets. Although this decision is in some ways very difficult, it can actually be one of the best things we can do for our pets, allowing them to go with dignity and in a pain-free manner.

At Battle Flatts we know what a difficult time this can be, and we try to make it easier for you by offering home visits if you would prefer not to come to the surgery. In this way it is less distressing for both you and your pet, and (s)he can end his days in comfortable and familiar surroundings.

Assisting our pets to the end is not painful for them and is a very peaceful way to go. We begin by clipping a small patch of fur from the front leg, and then inject an overdose of an anaesthetic into the vein. Your pet looks and feels like it is going into a deep sleep, but a sleep from which it does not wake up. This happens very quickly. You do not have to stay in the room while your pet is put to sleep, but you are welcome to if you wish.

What happens next is your choice. You may decide to bury your pet in a favourite part of your garden, or instead leave the body for us to send to our pet crematorium at Rossendale Pet Crematorium. It is also possible to have a private cremation, in which case your petís ashes will be returned in a casket, giving you the choice of burying the casket or scattering the ashes. The decision does not have to be made immediately. We will understand if you want to think about it and let us know the following day.

Please remember that we understand what clients are going through at such a time, so donít be afraid, ashamed or frightened, or feel that you have to hold back the tears.