We understand how distressing losing a beloved pet can be, whether it's sudden, or a decision must be made to end suffering and say goodbye. We're here to help you every step of the way.
We're here to support you
Here at Clent Hills Vets, our team has undergone specialist training with Compassion Understood, a company that has been formed with the sole premise of providing support and advice for bereaved pet owners and those who work in the veterinary industry.
The strength of the bond between owners and their pets is understood and valued more today than it has ever been, they are seen as part of the family, real companions. When we lose them, the devastation can be shattering and the sense of loss overwhelming. We hope to be able to help you at this very difficult time and to offer you our understanding and support.
We regret that from June 2021 we will no longer be able to provide our bereavement counselling service with Victoria. Please don't hesitate to talk to the rest of our team if you need any help. Get it touch.
Making the hardest decision
Whether losing a pet due to old age, accident, illness, or something else, it can be extremely painful for the owners. Some owners find it helpful to begin preparing themselves in advance of the inevitable. Owners can decide on a care plan for an elderly or sick pet, with the support of our vets and nurses.
The grief and sadness at this stage can be immense and also vary enormously between those involved. Each owner is different in their needs and approach. For some, it may be helpful and comforting to have prior knowledge of the processes involved and different choices for the return of their pet.
After the event, you may at first struggle with feelings of confusion and guilt but ultimately, putting your pet’s needs above your own suffering and distress is the most compassionate act you can do for them in their final stages of life.
Euthanasia means ‘good death’; this may seem like a contradiction in terms but actually, the kindest and bravest last thing we can do for our pets is to ensure this time is as gentle, peaceful and dignified as possible.