Sadly the time comes when our beloved companions must leave us behind. At such a time what you need is a caring and professional team who understand and give your pet the dignified end they deserve.

Saying goodbye to a loved pet is always a difficult and emotional decision. We would like to give you some general information about what you can expect and the different options available.

Please feel free to call the surgery with any questions or queries. Our team are animal lovers and have all lost their own pets, in varying situations, so are very aware of feelings of distress, guilt and grief at such a difficult time. We will always do our best to be professional caring and accommodating of your wishes wherever possible.

At Portland Vets we offer the following

  • Home Euthanasia
    Some people find that their pets are more relaxed and comfortable at home and would prefer us to visit their home. We will always do our best to accommodate these wishes and unless at very very short notice or out of hours we can usually arrange a time that is mutually convenient. All that is needed is good lighting and preferably a power source for electric clippers. This option does not suit everyone so we also offer…..
  • Euthanasia at the Surgery
    Again we aim for as minimal stress to you and your pet as possible. We generally try to organise these appointments at a quiet time so that we can take as much time as needed and the waiting room will not be busy. We always have a private room free so you can wait with your pet in privacy and spend as much time with them as you need.

The Procedure
The following description explains what happens when your pet is put to sleep.
The majority of cats and dogs will have a small amount of hair clipped from their front leg.  A special soft needle (cannular) will be placed in the front leg vein to ensure that when the time comes we have an immediate, pain free port to place the injection. They are then given an injection into the vein, an overdose of anaesthetic. Once the injection is in the vein the procedure is quick, a few seconds at most, which can surprise some people. The injection is completely painless but occasionally some pets will object to being held or to the noise of the clippers. If they do show any sign of distress we can give them a sedative before placing the cannula to administer the overdose. This takes a little longer (up to 10 minutes) but can make the procedure less stressful for the few pets that do get anxious. Surprisingly however this is very rarely needed, but is something we will happily discuss with you.

What Happens to My Pet Next?

  • Burial
    You can always take your pet home to bury, or we can arrange with a local pet cemetary for a burial.
  • Cremation
    We use the services of the The Surrey Pet Cemetery  We have found this company to be very caring and professional, and the members of staff who have visited can highly recommend them. They offer several different cremation options which are outlined below. They will collect your pets body from us the ashes then being returned to the surgery. Alternatively you can take your pet directly to the crematorium during working hours. For further information please look at their website by clicking on the link above.

    1. Communal ‘routine’ Cremation
      Your pet is cremated and a small token of the cremains are scattered at the cemetery. You do not get the options to have the ashes returned to you.
    2. Special Cremation
      Your pet is cremated individually and you have the following options…
      – cremains returned to you within a scatter box, casket or urn.
      – cremains returned to you within a keep sake or jewelery etc
      – cremains buried at the pet cemetery in a chosen grave
      – cremains scattered in the gardens of remembrance.

Please take a look at some of the options available to you

It is very normal to find the loss of a pet very difficult. If you feel you need some extra support please contact the surgery or alternatively call the Pet Bereavement Support Service on 0800 096 6606 or email

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