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With the Kind Assistance of Dr. Pippa Swan


Pippa has been a vet for 25 years. She is a small animal vet who works in Northern Ireland with a particular interest in welfare and ethics. She sees her job as not just diagnosing and treating illness but appreciating the relationships we have with our pets as a whole and making the best decisions we can on their behalf. She is also a mum, a wife, a dog and cat owner, a runner and a Humanist Pastoral Support Volunteer.


We are available to help you with home euthanasia for your pet

In order to safeguard you and our vets and to comply with Government regulations there are some requirements you should be aware of and agree to before we confirm your home visit:
1. If the gentle euthanasia is indoors, only one person can be present during the vet’s visit, other family or friends should say their goodbyes before the vet arrives at your home
2. There should, at all times, be a two meter distance between the family member and the vet.
3. Our process involves sedation, you will be able share closeness with your pet after the vet has given the sedative
4. If you are able to be in your own garden, this greatly reduces the risk of contagion and it may be possible to be more than one person to be with the vet, our vet will advise you.
5. We are doing all we can to ensure there is closeness, care and compassion during the gentle euthanasia home visit. A peaceful goodbye is so important at such a sensitive and emotional time
6. Thank you for your understanding and consideration in these very difficult and challenging times.