Updated Sept 2019

'Last Appointments' (Euthanasia)

At Burnham House Vets we know how hard it can be to say goodbye to a much loved pet. Pet's are members of your family and the loss will be a significant one. Our aim at this sad time therefore is to make your pet's passing as stress-free and comforting as we can.

For 'last appointments' we offer the option of having a home visit so a pet can pass away in familiar surroundings, or an appointment at any one of our branches. Both options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for urgent cases.

Practice appointments

If you would prefer, you can bring your pet to the practice for their last appointment. Many pets, particularly in their twilight years, attend the practice regularly and it is a home from home that they do not find at all stressful. Please make the receptionist aware of the situation when booking and they will book additional time for the appointment.

 

When you arrive, if possible you will be shown to a private room to wait and the vet will see you as soon as possible. They will settle you and your pet into a consult room and ask a nurse to assist. They will collect the equipment required and some paperwork for you to sign, giving your permission. Please ask your vet if you are not sure of what to expect of the procedure - they will be happy to explain everything as they proceed and put your mind at rest.

 

When you are ready they will administer an injection of Pentobarbitone. This is a chemical anaesthetic given at an overdose rate which will cause your animal to rapidly lose consciousness, as if they were going to sleep. You can be present if you would like or leave the room if you would prefer. The vet will check and confirm that your pet has passed.

Once this has happened, we can wrap them in a blanket for you to take home or you can leave them with us for transfer to the crematorium. 

Outside of normal opening hours, both of the above options are available to you - please phone our main phone line on 01304 206 989 and our vet will arrange everything with you.

Cremation options

For cremation, we use a local business - Pets Country Crematorium in Shepherdswell. A family-run business, that will handle your pet with respect and we know take good care of both the patients and their owners. 

We offer two options on cremation:

  • A 'general' cremation - Your pet will be cremated and their ashes scattered onto gardens at the crematorium.

  • A 'special' cremation - Your pet is cremated individually and you will receive the ashes back in your chosen casket.

You do not need to decide straight away which option you would prefer - if unsure please say so and we will hold your pet, pending a decision from you for an agreed period.

General cremation is arranged by the practice and your pet will be collected. Special cremation is arranged either by the practice on your behalf or you can call the crematorium direct. The crematorium will collect your pet from your home or from the practice - wherever is more convenient to you.

Cremation prices are available from our reception.

Home visits for last appointments

If you would like to arrange for our vet to visit you at home so that your pet can pass away peacefully in their own home, please contact us on 01304 206 989. During opening hours our reception team will take the information and arrange a convenient time for the vet to visit you. Outside of normal opening hours, this will be arranged with the vet direct via our out-of-hours service.

Please be clear with reception about your worries and the reason for asking a vet to attend. For safety reasons the drugs required are not carried to routine visits.

When our vet comes out to you, they will bring with them a nurse to assist, the equipment required and some paperwork for you to sign, giving your permission. Please ask your vet if you are not sure of what to expect of the procedure - they will be happy to explain everything as they proceed and put your mind at rest.

 

They will allow you and your family to say final goodbyes and when you are ready they will administer an injection of Pentobarbitone. This is a chemical anaesthetic which is given at an overdose rate. This will cause your animal to rapidly lose consciousness, as if they were going to sleep. You can be present if you would like or leave the room if you would prefer. The vet will check and confirm that your pet has passed away.

When you are ready and your pet has passed away, our staff can leave them with you for home burial or will wrap them in a blanket or towel for transport back to the practice prior to cremation (see below for information on cremation options).