End of Life - Euthanasia & Cremation 

Sadly there comes a time in every pet owners life when they have to make the difficult and distressing decision to say goodbye to their pet.

We understand that this is one of the hardest decisions you'll ever have to make. Many owners are concerned that they won't know when the time is right, we are available to offer support and guidance to make this decision as stress free as possible.

We have a Townsend Remembrance Page on facebook, where you can leave a tribute in remembrance of your pet, which we hope will make your loss that little bit more bearable and be a long-lasting memorial to them. Sometimes it helps if we share the pain and grief of pet loss with others.

As long as we remember, our pets will live on.

We'll try to answer some of the questions you may have about euthanasia here, but if you have any other queries or concerns please just contact us, we'll do our best to help you.


The process of euthanasia is carried out with a overdose of an injectable anaesthetic drug.  It is very much a personal choice whether or not you would like to be present for the injection, you shouldn't feel pressured to do so, lots of owners prefer to say their goodbyes and leave their pet with us. We are able to arrange a home visit if you would prefer your pet put to sleep at home. The actual process of euthanasia varies a little depending on which vet you see (we all have our own way of doing things you see). The injection is normally given into a vein in a front leg, sometimes we use a back leg vein or inject into the abdomen or chest. Some vets prefer to sedate the animal first, just so that they are relaxed and less aware of what's going on. Some vets prefer to place a cannula (a small tube) into one of the veins of the leg first to make it easier to give the actual injection. Some vets do neither, preferring just to give the injection as it is. The injection is quick and painless. You are welcome to spend as long as you like with your pet after they have been put to sleep, to say goodbye.  


Following euthanasia we can organise cremation for you, or if your prefer, you can take your pet home for burial. Individual cremation is available with a range of pet caskets and urns, we have leaflets available and are happy to discuss individual needs with you. You can browse the range online on the Silvermere Haven Pet Crematoriam website www.silvermerehaven.co.uk


The Rainbow Bridge Poem, inspired by a Norse legend.

By the edge of a wood, at the foot of a hill, is a lush, green meadow where time stands still. Where the friends of man and woman do run, when their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next, is a place where each beloved creature finds rest. On this golden land, they wait and they play, till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness, for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness. Their limbs are restored, their health renewed, their bodies have healed, with strength imbued. They romp through the grass, without even a care, until one day they start, and sniff at the air. All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back, then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack. For just at that instant, their eyes have met: together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past, the time of their parting is over at last. The sadness they felt while they were apart, has turned into joy once more in each heart. They embrace with a love that will last forever, and then, side-by-side they cross over... together





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