Is your pet Stressed or Anxious?

The signs of possible stress or anxiety in your pet

  • Weight change
  • Urinating or soiling in the house
  • Cats may spray in the house and scratch furniture
  • Becoming more vocal
  • Becoming withdrawn, not wanting to play as much, hiding, changing normal resting places
  • Repetitive habits like licking and pacing
  • Increased muscle tension
  • Changed demeanour becoming more hyper or more subdued
  • Changes in the way they interact with people or other pets
  • Disturbed sleep patterns

If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms first come and see us so that we can rule out any medical causes and advise on behavioural aspects.

There are many reasons that your pet may become stressed or anxious including moving home, redecorating or building work, a new pet or baby or simply rearranging the furniture.

There are products available to help in these situations like a synthetic copy of their pheromones which can be used as a plug-in, releasing the pheromone throughout the environment.

For cats and for dogs

There is also a capsule available that is fed once daily either mixed in your pet’s food or it is water soluble and can be mixed into a liquid.

Holiday time, putting your pet into kennels or a cattery

  • Visit the kennel and cattery and make arrangements in plenty of time.
  • If your pet has not stayed in a kennel or cattery before a stay for one night is sometimes helpful as it will get your pet used to the idea and to realize that you are coming back
  • If your kennels allow it, take your pet’s bed so they have something familiar.
  • Take some of their favourite toys.
  • An old item of your clothing can be a comfort and reassure them with familiar scents.
  • Make sure that all vaccinations are up to date and in the case of dogs they are vaccinated against kennel cough at least two weeks before their stay.

Key Points

Stress &  Anxiety

• All puppies should be vaccinated, and need yearly boosters (we will tailor the boosters to suit your dog’s specific needs and circumstances)

• Elderly dogs still need vaccination

• Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Hepatitis diseases are still around, and they can kill!

• Most boarding establishments will not take your dog or cat if their vaccinations have lapsed

• Remember kennel cough if your dog is going to kennels, or a dog show, (at least a fortnight before the event) You should take the vaccination certificate to the kennels as proof of vaccination

• Rabies vaccinations (and all the necessary tests and documentation) are available for pets destined to travel abroad.

Pet Bereavement Counselling

Making that difficult decision….

You and your family know your pet better than anyone else and will be able to judge their quality of life, so talk it over with them. Speak with your vet who can also help with this decision and give you a medical recommendation.

Consider the following when making your decision:

Can your pet still eat, drink, sleep and move around comfortably?
Do they respond to you and greet you?
Are they interested in feeding times?

If you are hoping for an improvement it is a good idea to set a time limit and reassess.

When the time does come to visit the surgery

Explain the situation to the receptionist who can then suggest a quiet time for you to come to the surgery.


Bring a family member or friend with you to help and support you.

If your pet is hospitalised you can arrange to come and visit to say goodbye if you would like to, it is entirely your choice.

If your pet is under anaesthetic it may be kinder to let them go to sleep without waking and perhaps see them afterwards.

What will happen

You will need to sign a consent form.

Euthanasia is carried out by injecting an overdose of anaesthetic into the vein of the front leg, although can be given to other areas of the body as well. A small patch of fur will be shaved off to make the vein more visible. A nurse will hold your pet to raise a vein. All your pet will feel is a tiny prick of the needle the injection is painless there is a brief feeling of dizziness as the drug takes effect. Your pet will become unconscious within seconds, often before the injection has finished and death will occur within a few minutes when the heart stops beating.

This may take a little longer if your pet is extremely ill or has poor circulation and in these instances it may prove difficult for the vet to find a vein.
In the few minutes after death you may see a reflex muscle movement or an involuntary gasp. These are not signs of life they are reflexes denoting that death has occurred.

Should you stay

This is entirely your choice and you should not feel guilty if you are unable to do this.

If you are upset you may well upset your pet as well. You can be assured that the vets and nurses will treat your pet sympathetically in your absence.
If you wish to spend some time with your pet afterwards do not be afraid to ask you will always be able to spend time alone to say goodbye.
It will take time to recover from the loss of your pet and you will experience many emotions often sadness, loneliness and even anger. All are quite normal. Try not to blame yourself and question if you made the right decision. You made this decision with your pet’s best interest at heart and to prevent their suffering.

We have a Book of Memories if you would like to share a picture and story about your pet which will in turn help others.

Speaking with our pet bereavement counsellor

It can be helpful at times to talk to someone who understands how you are feeling. If you feel you would like to talk to someone we now have a trained Pet Bereavement Counsellor who will be happy to discuss things with you.

If you would like to speak to her please ring the Chaddesden Surgery  on 01332 661554 and ask to speak to Vicky.

Sadly few pets die peacefully in their sleep at home, but reach a point where their quality of life is unsatisfactory, and the decision to put to sleep needs to be made.


You will need to consider the options available regarding cremation or burial.
Most people opt for general cremation where their pet is cremated with other pets and their ashes buried in a remembrance garden.

There is also the option to have individual cremation where the ashes are returned to you in a cask or in a scattering box.

You can if you wish take the body home for burial.

We use Green Pastures Pet Crematorium

Join our Pet Fit Club

About Pet Fit Club

It is designed to make weight loss fun and easy – you will be delighted with the changes.

We have a special weight loss programme designed for your pet’s needs including the use of Vet Complex Calorie Regulation Diet. This diet is tasty and contains all your pet’s dietary needs to help them lose weight.

  • Lower calorie content so your pet feels full but is able to lose weight
  • High protein content helps your pet retain muscle while losing fat
  • High fibre content along with high protein content helps your pet feel full up
  • A special ingredient to help your pet use up fat reserves.
Free Nurse Clinics

Our qualified nurses run FREE nursing clinics and would be pleased to offer any advice concerning your pets well being.

The topics that are covered by the clinics include: Weight management – Flea and worm checks – Diabetic clinics – Well cat clinics – Microchipping.

Register with us

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