Euthanasia is always the most difficult choice for a pet owner – but frequently it is the right choice for your pet, certainly from the humane point of view.  Illness may prolong the suffering of both the pet and the owner.  Discuss euthanasia frankly with your vet.  If you wish, make sure you spend a little time with your pet to say “Goodbye”.

It is important to understand that the intravenous drug does not cause any pain, but you may wish to gently stroke the animal’s head and speak comfortingly as the drug is administered reassuring your pet as they go quietly to sleep as this will make a peaceful transition for you both.

Some owners may choose not to witness their pets passing, and say their “Goodbye” after they have passed on.  In these circumstances many Pet Crematoria provide for aftercare of the pet and owner, including facilities for your spending time in a Chapel of Rest prior to the cremation taking place.


When a pet dies there is no right way to feel or formalise the grief.  Services may be arranged through a pet crematorium where you may request a viewing time to say a final goodbye and have some of the pets effects placed with them.  It is very emotional  especially when the pet was an integral part of the family, it is often helpful to understand the grieving process because when a pet dies there is no ritual to formalise the grief, many would feel a funeral for the pet to be eccentric or bizarre, however the loss of a pet affects our emotions and the progress through several stages is detailed below.


At some point, if you have a pet, you will need to make final arrangements for your pet.  Licenced Pet Crematoria may be found by contacting your local Environment Agency with whom it is necessary to be licenced or as a Trade Federation we are also pleased to assist in finding the nearest facility in your area by consulting our Directory available on this site.  All crematoria offer different and varied facilities and services, it is helpful to visit a pet crematorium near you before you have the need to use one, it can be much easier emotionally to ask the questions which are important to YOU so that when the time comes you will not find it necessary to spend time looking for a pet crematorium which will meet your requirements.

Individual or Private Cremation of your pet will allow you time to decide what you would like to do with your pets remains, of course it is possible to bury the remains, scatter them in a favourite place, store them ina Columbarium (where additonal ashes may be placed together or alternatively you may join them when your time comes) or they may also be kept in a decorative urn or casket at home – the options are numerous.

It doies sometimes soften the impact of loss by placing a Memorial either in your home, garden, or favourite area or alternatively most crematoria have Memorial Gardens for this purpose, a place where you may visit and remember the happier times with your pet.  This may be combined with a landscaped area such as flowering trees, water features, rockery etc., a pleasant place to visit from time to time.

Questions you may wish to ask a Pet Crematorium when selecting one for your pet.

  • Is the Crematorium a member of any recognised independent Trade Federation -

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  • Do I require a coffin for my pet?

  • Can I have an individual or private cremation with my pets ashes returned?

  • Do I get only my own pets ashes back?

  • How and in what are the ashes returned?

  • May I bring my pet to you?

  • Will you collect my pet if I do not feel able to bring them to your premises?

  • Is it possible to visit the premises before I need to bring a pet?

  • Do you have a Chapel of Rest where I cay say “Goodbye”?

  • Are there Memorial Gardens to visit, inter or scatter ashes?

  • May I have my pets details recorded into a Book of Remembrance?

  • Does the crematorium supply Memorials should I require one?

  • What is the cost of cremation and what does that cost include?

  • Do you have a brochure and or website I can view?