Unfortunately, we have been forced to operate differently with covid restrictions, as we are unable to allow any clients to enter the practice, however, we have worked hard to come up with acceptable alternatives for this difficult time for owners.
We have a private enclosed garden behind the practice which we can use for these appointments, with a summer house to use with doors open if the weather is bad, so you can be with your pet for the last injection if you wish. In this instance we would need to bring them into the practice and ask you to wait outside, while we place a catheter in the vein and attach a long line to it – we can then carry them back out to you in the garden and give the injection via the long injection line at a safe distance from you.
Another alternative is for us to give a sedative injection in the car or garden with you so they fall asleep gradually over 5 – 10 mins or so – we will leave you with them for this time until they are completely unconscious and only then would come back to carry them into the practice for their final injection.
Finally, some people feel they would rather say their goodbyes while their pet is awake and rather not be there for the end – if this is the case we always make sure they have a nurse reassuring them until they are gone.