Garden Lodge Vets In County Down
Garden Lodge Vets In County Down
Garden Lodge Vets In County Down


As with any bereavement, the death of a much loved pet can be devastating and an enormous loss. To some the pet may have become a member of the family, a companion, a friend, - and if you were close to your pet it is normal to have the reactions to it's loss that you may experience in the death of a person i.e. shock, disbelief, numbness, anger, pain, hurt, sadness, guilt and overwhelming grief.

It can sometimes be hard for others to recognise the extent to which the loss of your beloved pet may be affecting you and it is not uncommon to hear 'it was only a dog', 'you can easily get another one' etc. As with any bereavement it is important for you to have someone to talk to who does understand exactly how you are feeling and what the loss of your pet has meant to you.

If you have to make a decision to have your pet put to sleep there can very often be an overwhelming feeling of guilt. However, making that decision shows the enormous amount of love you had for your pet and the ability you had to put your pet's care and wellbeing before your own thoughts of loss. Your pet would understand that and the love that you showed him/her by making that decision.

What is involved

If you do have to make a decision on behalf of your pet, often the fear of the unknown makes the decision harder. So I will briefly explain what is involved.

Firstly, we will discuss the reasons for coming to this decision. This is a chance to go into as much or as little detail as you choose. For some people once the decision has been made no further discussion is required, for others there are numerous questions to ask. We will be lead by you in this.

Part of this discussion will concern after care.

Nowadays there are 3 options

  1. Home burial – remember that if you move house you will have to leave them behind
  2. Allow us to arrange for ashes to be scattered in a garden of remembrance
  3. Have ashes returned to you  – this allows you to either scatter ashes in a favourite spot or always keep them with you in a casket or tribute box. 

Some people stay with their pet and some people simply cannot. This is a personal decision and there is no right or wrong answer.

The process itself is very peaceful. In fact, we do everything we can to ensure this.  Your pet will be given a sedative to ensure that they are as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

You won’t be aware of the details, but we will clip a small area, administer an injection and they are gone…they quickly and gently go to sleep.

We will allow you as much time as you wish to say your final goodbyes.

We aim to walk side by side with you through this difficult time. We have all been through the loss of our own much-loved pets. Please feel free, in the following days, weeks, months, to drop in and talk to us about your pet. Not everyone will understand what you have been through…but we all do…

Give yourself time to grieve and remember your pet in whichever way helps - talking, writing, looking at photos. Some people find in time that they want to get another pet but don't rush into this as you need time to come to terms with your loss otherwise it may be something you regret doing too quickly.

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