The loss of a much loved pet is something terrible which all of us pet owners have to face at some time.  All the staff here at Meridian will do everything we can to make this awful time more bearable for you and your family.

Most people do unfortunately have to make the decision to have their animal put to sleep.  It is rare for animals to slip away peacefully and naturally in their sleep and we are usually forced to make the difficult choice to end an animal’s suffering.  Our vets will guide you as to when the time is right.  We can arrange for you to bring your pet to us when the surgery is quiet or we can visit you at home at certain times.

Cats and dogs are usually put to sleep by giving an injection into to vein in the front leg.  The injection does not sting; your pet will only feel the pinprick of the needle.  The injection works very quickly.  Sometimes we have to shave a bit of fur away to help us see the vein.  If your pet tends to get anxious we may opt to sedate them first.  We usually get a nurse to help us to hold your pet.  You can stay with your pet throughout if you want to.

Afterwards some people opt to bury their pets at home.  Most times we arrange for cremation.  All cremations arranged by us are carried out by Silvermere Haven. Your pet can be cremated with other people’s pets.  In this instance ashes are not returned to you.

Alternatively your pet can be cremated individually and the ashes returned to you to keep or to scatter in a favourite place. Silvermere Haven has a range of special boxes and caskets for the return of your pets ashes, please ask at reception for more information about this and we will arrange this for you.  Please ask about cost as individual cremations are much more expensive.  You can go to the cremation if you wish.  We can also arrange a burial  or for a plaque to be created.  For more information click on

The Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity provides a pet bereavement support service on 0800 096 6606.


If it should be that I grow weak,

And pain should keep me from my sleep

Then you must do what must be done,

For this last battle cannot be won.


You will be sad, I understand,

Don’t let your grief then stay your hand,

For this day more than all the rest,

Your love for me must stand the test.


We’ve had so many happy years,

What is to come can hold no fears,

You’d not want me to suffer so,

The time has come; please let me go.


Take me where my need they’ll tend,

And please stay with me until the end,

Hold me firm and speak to me,

Until my eyes no longer see.


I know in time that you will see,

The kindness that you did for me,

Although my tail its last has waved,

From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.


Please do not grieve, it must be you,

Who had this painful thing to do,

We’ve been so close, we two, these years,

Don’t let your heart hold back its tears.