Inverell Veterinary Clinic

32 Sweaney Street, Inverell

After Hours : 0427 456 616

Dealing with the loss of your pet

The death of a beloved pet can be very distressing.


Our pets are not only members of the family, they are our faithful friends, our children’s devoted playmates and reliable, affectionate companions for the elderly or disabled.


They enrich our day to day lives and their passing makes for a deeply felt loss.




There are many reasons why we may have to face a pet’s death:

  • Terminal illness
  • Old age or senility
  • Accident or unexpected occurrence
  • Behavioural problems
  • Long-term or chronic illness that comes a heavy burdens in terms of care and/or finances


Most of these factors may place you in the heart-breaking position of facing your pet’s death or having to contemplate euthanasia. As an owner, you are responsible for your pet’s overall health and welfare. When his or her quality of life deteriorates determining to do the humane thing and end the pet’s needless suffering may be one of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make. This is why bereavement often begins before the actual death of the pet.


Points to consider when assessing your pet’s quality of life:

  • drastic loss of appetite
  • vomiting and/or diarrhoea following eating
  • pain or serious discomfort when walking or moving
  • restlessness and inability to settle
  • struggling or difficulty in breathing
  • Incontinence or other serious problems with urination or defecation
  • Capacity to see and hear properly
  • Unresponsive, unmanageable or dangerous behaviour


Talking through your concerns and thoughts with friends and family can really help with making this difficult decision. Our staff are conscientious and sensitive to your needs at this time of your pets life and we offer a range of services including home visits, aftercare and we also partner with a burial and crematorium service (Woodland Pet Cemetery).


For more information regarding Woodland Pet Cemetery please see their website or come in and chat to our staff




reference: myvet online.