Pet Bereavement Support

Many pets are considered as a friend, companion, or as a treasured part of the family. Their death can be a very difficult experience and it is perfectly normal to experience grief when a much-loved pet passes away. Strong emotions such as shock, guilt and extreme sadness are often felt, and are a natural part of the grieving process.

While going through this grieving process you may feel that other people do not fully understand your feelings and that your sense of loss is not being taken seriously. You may be struggling to come to terms with the events that have happened and be feeling isolated and unsupported. If this is the case, there are people who understand and there is support available.

Many people take comfort in speaking to a member of staff at their veterinary practice who cared for their pet until the end; others prefer to speak to someone who is completely removed from the situation. There are several support networks which offer bereavement information and confidential emotional support to anyone struggling with the loss of a pet. Organisations offering bereavement support include:

Please feel free to contact the Small Animal Hospital for further information or to discuss any of these issues.

Pet Memorials

Creating a pet memorial can be a comforting and lasting way of acknowledging and commemorating the special relationship you had with your pet when they have sadly passed away.

You can create your own online pet memorial which will be displayed on our pet memorial wall. With this, you can share your favourite memories of your pet or describe why they were so important to you. You can also upload a favourite photograph of them if you have one.

If you would like information on supporting the Small Animal Hospital please go to or contact Richard O'Connell on +44 (0) 141 330 4302.