Euthanasia of pets
For those of us who are privileged enough to have a pet, there will unfortunately come a time when we are worried about our pet’s quality of life, and this may lead us to consider asking the vet to bring our pet’s suffering to an end. We appreciate that it is very difficult to make this decision and we are here to offer you support and guidance.
The Quiet Room
At Portchester Vets, we have a Quiet (Family) room away from reception and the consulting rooms, where you and your pet can have peace and quiet. Because this is away from the busy “working” part of the Practice, this means that you can spend as much time with your thoughts as you wish. You can be alone, or have the whole family – whatever makes you feel comfortable. We really don’t mind. Some owners prefer not to be present and to leave their animal with us in our care. This is a very personal decision and it is entirely up to you. We won’t push you either way, and we will treat any animal with kindness and respect whether the owner is present or not.
Alternatively for our registered clients, a house visit can be arranged if an owner feels that this will reduce the distress for everyone involved. Due to other commitments at the surgery, this needs to be arranged in advance, but we can usually find a suitable time if we are given a day or two’s notice. As a practice, we do not have any problem with providing this service as long as we are able to leave the surgery safely. It is worth mentioning that some animals are more defensive in their own environment which can be a little distressing for all involved, but overall, this does not seem to happen very often.
- Your pet can be taken home for burial in the garden.
- Your pet can stay with us and we can arrange cremation at a pet crematorium. Usually pets are cremated together.
- We can arrange an individual cremation at the crematorium. In this case the pet is cremated on its own and the ashes are returned – usually in a wooden casket with a name plate, or in a Scatter-box or tube to allow scattering of ashes at home. Ashes are returned to the surgery, and it can take 10 to 14 days for the ashes to be returned.
- Some owners prefer to make their own arrangements with a pet crematorium or pet cemetery.
The Rainbow Bridge is an idea based on a number of poems written some time between 1980 and 1992. The author is unknown. The theme of the poems is of an other-worldly place to which a pet goes upon its death, eventually to be reunited with its owner.
The story tells of a green meadow located “this side of Heaven” (i.e., before one enters into it). Rainbow Bridge is the name of both the meadow and an adjoining bridge connecting it to Heaven.
According to the story, when a pet dies, it goes to the meadow, having been restored to perfect health and free of any injuries. The pet runs and plays all day with the others, there is always fresh food and water, and the sun is always shining. However, it is said that while the pet is at peace and happy, they miss their owner who had to be left behind on Earth.
When their owner dies, they come across the Rainbow Bridge. It is at that moment that their pet stops what they are doing and sniffs at the air and looks into the distance where they see their beloved owner. Excited, they run as fast as they can until they are in their owner’s arms, licking their face in joy while their owner looks into the eyes of their pet who was absent on Earth, but never absent in their heart. Then side by side, they cross the Rainbow Bridge together into Heaven, never again to be separated.