“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Gandhi
Before I was seven, I wanted to be a ballerina. Having never had a ballet lesson, that was an unrealistic ambition. I lived with my family in a London terrace and spent hours on the roof, watching cats interacting. I’d always loved animals, so I became a vet, worked for the RSPCA, then moved to a cat specialists, before running my own practice.
My special interests include pain relief, palliative medicine, and animal welfare and I am now a dedicated home euthanasia vet.
Marmalade, my cat, meant the world to me; he was my best friend. Carrying him in my arms at the end of his life to the vets, sitting crying in the waiting room, then seeing him ‘put to sleep’ on the clinic table has stayed with me to this day.
When we initially bring home our lovely fluffy bundle, and they become an essential piece in the family jigsaw, we do not anticipate that hardest time. However, I am here to help – I visit poorly pets and their families when it is time to say goodbye.
Euthanasia means good death in Greek. ‘Home’ euthanasia is a gentler alternative to taking your pet to the vet surgery. It is pet and family centred; compassionate, supportive, unhurried – bespoke to each family’s needs.
I spend time, typically about an hour, with the whole family, explaining whatever is needed. This need not be traumatic for the pet or the family. Your pet will slip away alongside their human(s) in their favourite bed, garden, on a lap, or wherever suits. They drift into a peaceful trance usually after a simple sedative, and family anxiety lessens considerably. When everyone is ready, I give the euthanasia drug.
I am happy to talk or email if you have any queries, big or small. I may not always be able to respond immediately, but I will get back to you ASAP. In the meantime, enjoy your pets every single day! They bring pure unadulterated joy into our lives.
Dr. Julie Turner BVetMed MRCVS
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