Is your Veterinary Practice / Hospital trained to support you, when you need guidance in the most emotional stage of pet parenting?
For many owners, the experience of losing a pet is heart-breaking and, for some, overwhelming. Losing a pet is losing a friend and, in many cases, a ‘family member’ too. Emotions run high and owners need to have support at this crucial time, which may include making the hard decision to bring a pet’s life to an end.
Over 80% of pets in the UK are euthanased when they die*. At this time, owners need to know that their veterinary practice will look after their beloved pet in the kindest way possible, as well be sensitive to their needs, as the pets’ carers. You need to know you will be supported with compassion and professionalism.
Pet owner research (see below) has shown that far from shying away from the subject of pet loss, pet parents actually want their veterinary teams to engage with them in this emotional stage of pet parenting to help them prepare for when the time comes.
However, research tells us that many vet professionals find the subject of pet loss difficult to talk to pet parents about, as many do not know what to say – so say nothing for fear of saying the wrong thing.
“We know clients are thinking about it, they know we know they are thinking about it, but no-one speaks out” – RVN – quote (name withheld)
Owners expect conversations and support information about end-of-life.
• 24% on diagnosis of a serious illness
• 21% when the pet is healthy so that they can prepare for when the time comes
• 18% when the vet thinks the time could be near
• 17% when the pet is getting older
• 12% not until it is necessary
Is your vet trained to support you when you need them the most?
Find Compassion Understood Pet Loss Support Accredited Veterinary Practices
Here is a list of veterinary practices in your area. Those with a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum icon alongside the practice name are Compassion Understood accredited practices which have undergone special training in end-of-life care for pets and their owners.
Those with "registered only" alongside their name have shown an interest in compassionate care and requested access to our veterinary professional site.
Those that are “Listed” only are yet to engage with Compassion Understood
Click the following link and enter your postcode to find Vet practices in your area, that have undergone specialist training to help support you when you need them the most.
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