“The” Decision

“The” Decision

Every day I see people who are absolutely distraught having lost their precious pets. Some are worse than others. Road traffic accidents and young animals are particularly traumatic but fortunately they are not coming every day. The majority of people I get are with pets that are elderly and one of the most difficult decisions to make is the one to euthanise.  The logical side of your brain tells you it is the right thing to do but you switch to the emotional side and wonder if there is another injection, another course of medication, can we have another month? It all makes your decision so much more difficult.

My largest group of clients since I opened nearly seven years ago has been veterinary nurses from all over Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire but I have also had 28 veterinary surgeons bring their own pets. It was one of these vets that said to me one day that she had been euthanising pets for almost 30 years and she had never put an animal to sleep too soon but she had put many pets to sleep too late as the owners were not ready to say goodbye. It is not only your pet that has to be ready, you have to be ready to make that decision to say goodbye and it is not an easy decision to come to. People ring me to discuss what is going to happen and quite a lot say that they are not sure if the time is right, no one can make the decision for you but listen to your pet, look into their eyes and watch them, they usually let you know that they have had enough but you have to look for the signs.

On the flip side I get people whose pet has died during the night and they are distraught that they did not get the chance to say goodbye. I tell them that they have no idea of how many people have sat there before them wishing that their pet had died naturally in the night so that they would not have had to make that awful decision to euthanise. I have come to the conclusion that there is not one way better than the other, it is bad whichever way it happens.

This is why I do what I do here the way I do. I try to help people through the trauma with as little stress as possible. I make it possible for pet owners to bring their pet when the time is right for them and to stay while the cremation takes place, never having left their pet which gives a great feeling of comfort to most people.

All Pets at Peace is a family run private pet crematorium, we only offer individual cremations and we promise to give your pet the dignity and respect they deserve.

You can find lots of information and the answer to most of your questions on my website but if you need our services or any advice please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here every day between 7am and 11pm (including bank holidays). We don’t follow normal business hours because we know the death of a loved one doesn’t always happen 9-5, Monday to Friday.

If you need more help or advise please call me on 07910 801484


Please note that the due to annual leave the crematorium will be closing on the 17th of May and reopening on the 3rd of June.