Pet Loss Services at the End of Life
“Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices. This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery if inscribed over human ashes is but a just tribute to the Memory of a Dog." — Lord Byron
Losing a pet is always difficult, whether death comes from old age, a chronic illness, or an untimely accident. Your friends at Village Veterinary Medical Center offer support and guidance during this sad time.
We encourage you to discuss your end-of-life needs and concerns at any visit, or simply contact our hospital. Compassionate end-of-life support and euthanasia services are available to every patient when that time comes.
In addition, we provide online pet loss services and other resources to address the needs of pet owners and their families. Our pet loss library provides answers to your frequently asked questions about the end-of-life process and grieving after the death of a pet, as well as the option of sharing information and stories with others.
Celebratory activities help children and adults alike in processing their feelings and memories of their special animal companion. We invite our clients to create and share an online memorial page for their deceased pets, including videos, pictures, captions, and guest books.
Our pet owners are also encouraged to light a virtual candle in memory of their deceased pet and to “hang” an online plaque on our memory wall—choose the imprint that best matches your pet, name it, and leave loving memories for others to read and cherish.
Professional Pet Loss Support
Dealing with the loss of a pet can be a very difficult experience. The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Pet Loss Support Group through their Veterinary Social Work Program.
This program is designed to assist anyone experiencing grief over the loss of a pet. Meetings are at no charge and are open to anyone whose pet has died or is terminally ill.
To find out more, please contact the Veterinary Social Work office at (865) 755–8839 or visit their website.
More Pet Loss Resources
- For help in supporting a child who has lost a pet, visit the Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement website.
- Learn what to expect when experiencing grief and loss.
“For those who love dogs, it would be the worst form of a lie to call any place where dogs were banned ‘Paradise.’ Certainly no loving God would separate people from their canine friends for eternity." ~ Stanley Coren
“The entire staff truly cares about the health and quality of life of their client’s pets... and the awareness of the feelings of the pet owner. In this day of awful or non-existent “customer service,” this Clinic proves daily that care and compassion can come naturally. One could not ask for more... ”
—Judy, Vonore, TN
“From the greeting you receive opening the double doors into the bright airy reception, to the detailed, kind compassionate care given to every animal and their humans, you will feel as if you have come home to your pet’s family.”
“The caliber of the medical staff is exceptional. Even going beyond the education and the experience of the staff is their philosophy of superior patient care. The staff treats our pets as they would their own.”
“I have complete confidence in the judgment of the veterinarians. They have gotten to know me and my feelings are considered when treatment options are presented with the final decision being mine.”