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I’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions to help answer any queries you may have.
If you have a question that’s not covered below, please don’t hesitate to contact me using any of the options available at the foot of the page.

I comply with the government’s current guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19 and take all reasonable steps and mitigating actions to manage and minimise any transmission risk.

Home visits are all still available at this time and I can gently put your pet to sleep in your own home with other family members’ present if you so choose. I have had my Covid-19 vaccination and as an extra precaution, I also carry out lateral flow Covid-19 self-tests twice weekly. I always wear PPE during all my appointments and ask you to wear masks during the appointment also (unless you are exempt from doing so). In advance of my visit, I also ask you to please open windows and ventilate the room where possible.

If you or anyone in your household have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, are symptomatic or are self-isolating, you MUST inform me at the time of booking or as soon as you are aware if the appointment has already been booked. It may be necessary to carry out the euthanasia in your garden or in an alternative open-air space.

Angel Paws operates within approximately 25 miles, or 45 minute drive, of Shrewton in Wiltshire, this includes the areas of Fordingbridge, Frome, Avebury, Devizes, Ludgershall, Stockbridge, Tidworth, Amesbury, Durrington, Gillingham, Melksham, Pewsey, Salisbury, Andover, Shaftsbury, Trowbridge, Westbury, Warminster - see map.
Contact me, I’ll do my best to accommodate you.

Appointments are available 7 days a week, based on availability, excluding some holidays.  Advance booking is recommended (where possible) for weekend appointments. There is only one vet, Trisha, operating this service so availability cannot be guaranteed. I will make my best effort to help you and accommodate the needs of you and your pet.

I offer several daytime appointments as standard. *Out-of-hours, evening appointments and weekend appointments must be made in advance and if available, will incur an additional fee. Please click HERE for further information on our pricing.

*Angel Paws is not a 24hr or an emergency service. If your pet requires immediate veterinary attention outside our normal contact hours please contact your own vet or local emergency clinic for assistance.

If you are unsure if euthanasia is the right decision to make, we can discuss your pet’s quality of life during a ‘Quality of Life’ consultation. Together we will utilise a comprehensive grading questionnaire and a veterinary examination to thoroughly assess your pet’s present well-being and help make the right decision for your beloved pet. Where a pet is under any chronic health care management with your existing vet, permission to utilise your pet’s historical clinical notes during our consultation and/or a prior discussion with your existing vet may also be helpful, but is not compulsory.

All Angel Paws home euthanasia appointments are performed by first sedating your pet. I use a combination of 3 or 4 different drugs to induce not just a sleepy-sedation, but also unconsciousness and desensitisation. This simple injection is given just under the skin similar to a traditional vaccination.

The sedation usually takes approximately 15 minutes to reach effect, during which your pet relaxes and peacefully drifts away into a very deep sleep. Once I have confirmed that your pet is unconscious and no longer aware of their surroundings, I will prepare an injection site for their final injection. When you are ready, I will administer this last injection and once given, your pet will pass away peacefully within a few short minutes.

This is entirely a personal decision for the individuals or the family involved. There is no requirement or judgement made if you choose not to stay with your pet during their final injection. After your pet has fallen gently asleep from their sedation, they are no longer aware of your presence. You are free to make the appropriate decision to stay or step out, and of course, you can change your mind, several times if you need!

The traditional resting place for many beloved family pets is most often the home garden. Any burial location requires careful consideration. It is recommended to bury at a reasonable depth with at least two feet of earth above the pet in heavy soils and three feet in lighter soils. Some people choose a pet coffin but this is not a necessary requirement. If a coffin is not used, it is recommended to cover the grave with paving stones for a period of time to deter any wild animals unearthing your pet’s remains.  

It is important to be aware that the physical process of digging of a pet’s grave can be an overwhelmingly emotional task and its impact on ‘the grave digger’ should not be underestimated.

If you need support or to talk to someone about how this affects you or them, please reach out to any of the contact sources on our support page HERE.

Yes. There are several options for you in this situation. You can transport your pet yourself to your nearest crematorium facility. You can also contact your nearest crematorium and request them to come and collect your pet. Please refer to my crematoria page for contact details. 

Please note Angel Paws does not offer a pet undertakers service or remains carriage in the event of natural death, but I am happy to provide you with advice in this situation.

Cremation with dignity and respect. Angel Paws offers a wide choice of cremation and pet memorial options. Cremations are performed in one of our specially selected partnering crematoriums, unless you already have your own preference for crematorium facility. We are happy to discuss all options available to you at initial consult by phone or at time of booking.
We aim to return your pet’s precious ashes to you as soon as possible. This is usually achieved within one week, but can take a little longer depending on availability.

Yes of course this is possible. Currently with COVID-19 restrictions in place there are limitations at each facility, depending on which one you choose. Some facilities will allow you use their special client farewell room with staff available by phone line or video, while at other facilities a handover of your pet to the crematorium staff may take place in the facility’s car park while you are welcome to wait in your car as their usual client waiting facilities are not currently open to the public.

It is important to call ahead to make an appointment and to plan your visit so it can be as smooth as possible.

Yes. In some circumstances this is possible; sadly not all animals are suitable for this. We are happy to discuss this sensitive topic further with you. Where your pet does meet the specific criteria for this, your pet will be cremated and their ashes returned to you (if you choose for their return) within 6 months, free of charge. Euthanasia costs are not affected by this decision.

Losing a pet is one of the most difficult experiences in someone’s life. It can be distressing, traumatic and devastating. Everyone grieves in their own way. There is no judgement. Sometimes you don’t want to talk to a friend or family. Sometimes they don’t understand your pain. Sometimes their help is not enough.

If you need more help, please reach out, there are many specialised and compassionate services available for your support. Click here for more information on our support page.