What happens when my pet dies?

The hardest part of taking care of pets is knowing that, one day, we will need to say goodbye to them. Our pets are such a part of our families and losing them is very hard. As recent events have led to more and more families taking on the care and responsibility of pet ownership, hard as it is, it’s important to know and understand what happens at the end of our pets lives.

What happens if my pet dies at home?

If your pet passes away peacefully at home then you will know that they have had a wonderful life with you and they have gone in their own time. If you wish to, and your circumstances allow, you might wish to bury your pet at home. If you choose to have your pet cremated you can arrange this with a pet crematorium and you can take your pet to them or they will be able to collect your pet from your home.

The final trip to the vets

Realising that your pet is in pain or suffering, or no longer has a good quality of life is a hard thing to face. Your vet will help you to recognise the time has come to make the final trip to the vet. Sometimes it can be good to have a final day or night together before the pet finally goes to be euthanised. Being able to spend a final few hours together to say your goodbyes, if the circumstances allow, can help. If this is not possible then your vet will tell you. Usually, you will be able to stay with your pet while your vet gently puts them to sleep.

The return of your pet’s remains

If your pet has bee PTS at the vets then you can choose to take them home with you for burial, or for you to take to the pet crematorium yourself. If your pet will be cremated this can be arranged by the vet and the pet crematorium can collect your pet from the surgery. It is entirely up to you which you prefer.

Choosing the right memorial for your pet

Most people would like their pet’s urn to reflect the pet’s personality or symbolise the relationship they had with their pet. You might want to choose a photo urn, so the ashes are discreetly concealed behind a picture of your best friend. You may wish to consider a figurine urn that reminds you of the pet you have lost. Many of our urns can be personalised and using our online design tool is a wonderful way to create an urn that is special and unique to your pet.

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