There are a number of reasons why a pet may pass away at the vet. Many pet owners choose to have their pet euthanised in the final moments of their life to avoid any more suffering. Euthanasia should always be considered carefully and with full support from your vet.

On the rare occasion, a pet may die unexpectedly at the vet following a procedure. Your vet may have already advised you of the risks of the operation, giving you the opportunity to prepare for the worst, both practically and emotionally.

If your pet dies unexpectedly at the vet, you should remember that they are in the best place and the vet has done everything they can to save your furry friend.

Do's and don'ts for when your pet dies at the vet

Whether your pet dies as a result of a failed procedure or following a planned euthanasia, nothing can prepare you for the moment when it comes. However, you may find guidance in the below 'dos and don'ts' for when a pet dies at the vet. Remember that the Patch & Purr team are here for you 24/7 on 1300 112 711, so don't hesitate to give us a call or ask your vet to contact us directly.

DO call a friend or family member to come and hold your hand at this difficult time.

It may not be a good idea to drive home if you are very upset.

DO make sure your vet is aware of your wishes

Contact your vet ahead of time and let them know about your intention to have your pet cremated with Patch & Purr. You can even ask your vet to contact us directly and we will work with them when the time comes.

DON’T forget that we all grieve differently.

Some people may not feel comfortable sitting with the pet as they are euthanised, while others wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s totally up to you.

DON’T panic.

Your vet is there to support you along every step of the way. Ask any questions you need, no matter how silly or trivial they may seem. You can always call your vet later if something comes to mind after you leave.

Grief factsheets

If you’re in need of some extra support in the days and weeks following your pet’s death, take a look at these handy guides written by leading figure in grief and empathy education and author of When Pets Die: It's Alright to Grieve, Doris Zagdanski.

How to know when it's time to say goodbye

When a beloved family pet becomes ill, you may be considering euthanasia.

Explaining a pet's death to children

Support the smaller members of your family after the loss of a pet. Learn the right thing to say when they're at their lowest point.

Looking after your senior pet

Ways to support your friend in their old age.

Some thoughts to comfort you

For when your pet is no longer by your side.

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Contact us

Patch & Purr offers pet cremations for when your loved one is no longer by your side, but forever in your heart.

We strive to treat your loyal friend with the care and respect they deserve at every step of the way. Call us 24/7 on 1300 112 711 or use the contact form below to speak to a Patch & Purr team member.

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