End of Life Care

Where do we start talking about end of life care and euthanasia? This is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make as a pet owner and will potentially include some difficult conversations. As a veterinary practice we are here to help you in any way we can to ensure it is as smooth a process as possible.

It is also one of the most important times in your pet’s life. All cases need to be discussed and organised on a very individual basis, for what both pet and client need.

The decision may not be made immediately and there may be a period at the end of your pet’s life when the time for euthanasia has not quite come, but your pet may be in need of additional care or medication to make their last few days or weeks as comfortable as possible.

We as veterinary professionals cannot make the decision for you as to when the time is right, but we will help guide you through the process of you coming to the correct decision for you and most importantly your beloved pet.

All of our vets, nurses and reception staff understand the importance of end of life and many members of our team have experienced this with their own pets. We ensure members of our small animal team have completed a Compassion Understood course, which allows us to have a better understanding of how to help and support our clients before, during and after. 

End of life can come around in several different ways, emergencies, old age, long term illnesses and all situations are managed with the utmost compassion and care. We have staff who are available to talk to and discuss the end of life process.  

When the decision has been made to have your pet put to sleep you can either come to the practice or we can arrange a home visit. This is very much an individual choice.

Having a pet euthanased at home is sometimes preferred as it can be seen to be a less stressful choice for both clients and pets, depending on the situation. Being in your own environment avoids the need to travel to the surgery, which can be unsettling for some and can allow you and your pet to feel much more at ease in your own environment.

Alternatively, coming into the practice may be preferred or due to circumstances most appropriate. With some of our canine friends we can do the procedure in the back of the car, or you can come into the practice and we also have our own private wellbeing garden that can be used. We have many options and we are very adaptive as we understand how difficult an experience it can be, as this is one of the last times with your pet. 

As a practice we are here to support you throughout the whole decision process. The vet will be able to talk you through what will happen step by step and answer any questions you may have, both before the procedure and along the way.

We endeavour to make this as peaceful as we possibly can. Our vets, nurses and reception staff will be there to help and look after you, as our clients, as well as your pets.

Client Testimonials

"I have done what most folk do, 

 And pushed it out of my mind; 

 But I can't forget,if I wanted to, 

 Four-feet trotting behind. 

 Rudyard Kipling 

Two cats,three dogs I have said goodbye to,with the care and thoughtfulness of Paragon staff easing their loss."

"We had to have our beloved pet Labrador Diesel put to sleep at the end of January he was 12 1/2 & suffering from arthritis, it was a horrible hard decision to make but after doing everything we could possibly do for him it was the right thing to do. The support we got from paragon, in particular Donna, was amazing. She formed a lovely bond with him while giving him laser treatment & any questions or queries we had about his treatment plan she was always just at the other end of the phone so it only seemed right that she was there in the end. We had them come out to us so he was relaxed & comfortable in his last moments & they gave us as much time as we needed to say our goodbyes. All the vets & reception staff we seen with him over the years were brilliant, they all knew him well. So in our experience even though not a pleasant one was made bearable & we would like to thank you once again for all you did for him & us."


Those are the words, and a time, that all pet owners dread having to face.  

However, with the kindness and care shown by the staff at Paragon, our last journey with our precious boy, although desperately sad, was gentle and respectful to him and to us.

We had been registered with Paragon for over 10 years and at all times, without exception, our boy had received a level of care that was second to none.  We had always felt comforted that we were in the best hands for all his treatments and knew that this time would be no different

His latter years had all been about quality and not quantity, and especially during those last 7 months after a cancer diagnosis, we could not have wished for any better quality of care, attention and thoughtfulness   

Over his lovely long life the vets, and supporting nurses at Paragon, have always worked very closely with us to ensure that he really did have the best that they could give him.  Nothing was too much trouble for them.  He always loved the cuddles from the reception girls too.

After 13 wonderful years with my precious boy I knew this time would be difficult but as ALL the staff at Paragon were so caring, and as we’ve always been made to feel very welcome and part of a lovely big family each time we visited, they all shared his loss with us which felt very special. 

The kindness, concern and support that we received from all at the practice definitely helped immensely at this very sad time.  

I know that both my precious boy and ourselves could not have had any better ‘Rainbow’ experience anywhere else."