Final Care

Pet Euthanasia and Final Care for your Pet

At some stage in your pet’s time with you,it may become apparent that their quality of life is deteriorating. Unfortunately, when this happens you will be required to make a very difficult decision in respect of pet euthanasia under peaceful and painless conditions at your vets.
The decision to put to sleep a pet is an incredibly personal one. After considering all of the available options and talking with you at length, our vets will do their best to advise and recommend as far as possible. However, the decision as to what should be done has to be made by you. When the time comes we feel that it is very important to discuss the situation with all other family members involved, including children.

Together, we will make the right decisions

Pet euthanasia is necessary in animals that are suffering or that are too old or too ill to support an acceptable quality of life. This may include chronic untreatable pain or disease, incontinence, being unable to eat or drink without difficulty, being unable to support weight or unable to move without pain.

If you decide that euthanasia is the appropriate action we can do this at the practice, or at your home (upon request). Pet euthanasia is generally a quick and painless procedure. The vet will usually place a cannula in your pet’s front leg,as this helps make the euthanasia process less stressful for you and your pet. When you are ready the vet will inject an overdose of anaesthetic into the cannula and your pet will fall asleep.

Some like to be with their pet during this process whereas others do not. Again, this is a very personal thing. Your vet will also discuss the various options available for care of your pet after euthanasia. These include cremation; whereby your pet’s ashes are buried at the pet cemetery, individual pet cremation whereby the ashes are returned to you in a casket of your choice (if requested at the time of euthanasia), or home to bury. If you decide to bury your pet at home, please feel free to discuss it with a member of staff beforehand.


Coping after Pet Euthanasia

After your pet has been put to sleep it is perfectly normal to feel a mixture of emotions, including guilt, regret and grief.These emotions are entirely individual and take varying times to become accustomed to. Talking to other family members is important and it may be sensible to have another family member or close friend take you home and look after you after you. Where children are involved, it is usually their first experience of death. As a result, it may be pertinent to mark the occasion with a home service and to relive the happier times of pet ownership with them – their period of grief and mourning is often quicker than that of adults.

We are ready to help you so please get in touch with us.

If you would like further information regarding the welfare of your pet including pet burial, pet cremation or even writing an "In Memory of" message for your pet, please visit
If you are finding difficulty coping caring for your pet, please contact one of our vets at the surgery.
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Tracey Stewart
16 November 2023
Registered with this vet a couple of weeks ago and they were so attentive to our new dog, George, and made us feel very welcome giving us lots of advice as new owners. We have just received this morning a lovely card in the post welcoming us. What a nice touch!
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13 November 2023
My poor, little Willow. I miss her so much already and my heart breaks more and more everyday without her. Anna P and Daisy, they Showed my Willow real love and emotions, made her comfortable with heat pads, blankets, cuddles and strokes and really did put Willow in the heart of everything they could. Even filled her belly till the very end (nothing would cheer willow up more than food). I could see they found it hard also as it was such a sensitive subject for any human being, however they kept professional, direct and most important of all they made me and my partner feel comfortable leaving Willow in their hands. We appreciate the hard work and strength you all have working in such a rewarding but yet such difficult career. Our gratitude is great. Thank you again Daisy and Anna.
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27 September 2023
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Stuart Carpenter
4 September 2023
It is inevitable at some point you have to say goodbye to your beloved pet and sometimes that requires some intervention. Everyone at Tender Paws were absolutely lovely. They were so kind and treated our beloved dog of 14 ½ years in such a dignified manner. They provided us with a quiet place to spend the last moments and were very supportive. We were given time alone to say our final goodbyes and they carried out our wishes. This is always the hardest part of dog ownership but we were comforted that the team at Tender Paws were sharing this moment with us.
Janette Burton
7 August 2023
Sadly on Friday 4th August we, with the full support of this vets, had to make the very painful decision to put down our dear little dog. As you can imagine we were dreading it and although it was a heart wrenching experience, Tender Paws took the time and consideration to make his passing the best it could be. We were shown into a private special little room with a garden view. Judy the vet came in and explained step by step the procedure and reiterated that we were making the right decision. We even were able to settle our bill in the same room. Our little Bernard died in our arms quietly and peacefully and at all times the utmost dignity and respect was shown towards him and us. Since our return to the UK we have been with Tender Paws and I cannot recommend them highly enough. All members of staff are professional, caring and warm people. Thank you to them all for making a terrible moment so much better than we ever expected.
Steve Drew
18 May 2023
Just a quick message for all the team members at tender paws. You were all so kind, gentle, and professional with the passing of our beloved Talulah. She had a great life until the grand old age of 21 years. R.I.P my lovely always in our hearts and minds .Thanks again Steve and Debbie Drew ♥️ xx
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10 May 2023
Such lovely staff and brilliant service. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. They are always around to help and are caring towards every animal that comes in.
Sally Johnson
22 March 2023
They are truly excellent I have used this practice for many years and they are always professional and supportive The practice manager,Jill is a god send as she advises and reassures when needed They have always been there to advise both with my previous and current pet and I can’t speak highly enough Thankyou team
Meriel Angharad
24 January 2023
Such a great Vets. My very nervous cat had to go in for dental treatment and they were great with me and with her.

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