Meet our vet

Hi, I'm Rob. I set up Pets at Rest to offer families the chance to say their goodbyes in the comfort and privacy of their own home. We're a family run service so it will always be me who visits and supports you through this time.

With over twenty years of experience, I’ve learnt that the most difficult part of being a pet owner is knowing when it's time to say goodbye. When you get in touch, I'll listen to your needs and will help you to explore your options so you can come to a decision that is right for you and your companion.

I understand how it feels and I will do my very best to support you by making their final journey a peaceful one.

If you would like to know more about my level of care, please see reviews on my Facebook page or my Google page

A Priceless Gift

Some families ask about donating their pet to improve future animal care. If this is an option you are interested in, the home visit is through the Veterinary Education Pet Gifting Programme.

Donating your pet’s body to help in veterinary education could help save a pet’s life in the future. If this is of interest to you, let us know.

Find out more about A Priceless Gift here.

Frequently asked questions

When is the right time to have my dog or cat put to sleep?

Each situation is unique. As a loving pet owner, we know this is the hardest decision you’ll make, so when it comes to end of life decisions, it’s important that both you and your pet are well cared for. A significant part of this is providing reassurance to families about their decisions. When you reach out to discuss this with us, Rob will guide you through your options. Occasionally, Rob has been able to offer advice and medication that has given families additional days, weeks or months with their pets. However, if your companion needs help sooner or an emergency same day visit, Rob will try his best to respond.

To support you in reaching the right decision, it can be useful to ask yourself some questions to determine your pets’ quality of life. These help you to reflect on how well your pet is coping and keep their well-being at the centre of your decisions.

A Quality of life check has been produced by the wonderful PDSA pet charity. It has useful questions for you to consider.

What will happen when Rob visits?

Rob will provide an arrival window to suit you. He will come in a small electric van that has our familiar brand on it. His clothing is also branded to provide families with security and confidence when letting the right person into their home.

Rob will guide you through the visit at a pace that suits your family. He will make friends with your pet to put them at ease and check they are comfortable. Before the process, he will answer any and all of your questions.

When you are ready, Rob will use a sedative that allows your pet to drift peacefully into a deep sleep over five to ten minutes. He can stay with you at this point or excuse himself so you have privacy. When you are ready, an anaesthetic will be used that enables your beloved pet to slip away peacefully, surrounded by their loved ones.

Rob is empathic and will respond to your needs throughout the visit. Some families like Rob to remain with them throughout each stage while others ask for privacy while they make their final farewells. You and your family will be given all the time and space you need.

Rob will make final checks that your pet is finally at peace and make sure you are ok. Most owners prefer Rob to wrap their pet into a snuggly blanket before transporting them the crematorium but some owners prefer to make their own arrangements.

You will also have the opportunity for fur clippings and paw prints to be taken if this is something you would like. You are also welcome to send any blankets, toys or treats you want to be cremated with with your pet.

There is no right or wrong; the main thing is that you and your family are supported in your choices.

Will my pet feel any pain?

The process is a tried, tested, and humane way to say farewell. Some pets may notice the first sedative being given. This isn’t overly painful but because your pet is relaxed at home, it sometimes catches them off guard. The sedative relaxes your pet into a deep sleep and is followed by an anaesthetic that gradually slows their heart until it gently stops. Because you have chosen a home visit, they will pass much more peacefully, surrounded by familiar smells, sights and sounds.

Will you visit my local area?

We visit the following areas in Yorkshire and Derbyshire:

Sheffield, Chesterfield, Dronfield, Barlow, Rotherham, Barnsley, Stocksbridge, Worksop Doncaster, Wakefield, Matlock, Bakewell, Hathersage, Baslow, Castleton and more.

Depending on availability, we may be able to travel further. This would need to be discussed and may include an additional out of area charge.

How do I get in touch?

All families are different. Before arranging a visit you can communicate using your preferred method of telephone, email or text. Rob will answer your initial questions, discuss the welfare and quality of life of your pet and offer reassurance about the decisions you take. If you arrange a visit, Rob will ask for you to provide a few details about your pet such as their name and their address.