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A Gentle GoodBye...
Palliative care and Peaceful Home Euthanasia
When your pet's time is drawing near, it's normal to second guess yourself, to feel doubt and anger and sadness.
In the midst of all this, your job as a pet owner is still to care for your pet through this difficult but important part of their life.
It's so hard to know what the right thing is to do... or when.
Sometimes we know that time is limited for our pet, but it doesn't appear to be 'time' just yet.
Of course, we wish to protect our pet from pain or distress.
In practical terms, this means helping our pets to be
~clean ~dry ~nourished ~free of pain or anxiety~
during the months, weeks or days at the end of their life.
We can support you by providing:
Home visits to monitor and consult on your pet's condition
Advice for your home nursing
Medications to treat pain, nausea or anxiety
Guidance in making the all important quality of life decision
that is right for your pet and your family.
Sure, there are a few hardships to taking responsibility for a pet...
the feeding, bathing, grooming,
walking, litter box scooping, pet hair,
nail trimming, housetraining accidents,
5am sloppy kiss wake up calls,
muddy paws, scratched furniture,
little pawprints on the counter
BUT the greatest hardship BY FAR,
is having to say goodbye.
Sadly, every one of us who has ever loved an animal
is destined to lose a piece of our heart
when it's time for our pet to move on from this life.
Quality of life: How will I know when it's time?
Well, every pet is different. Every family is different.
Here are a few suggestions that may help you evaluate your pet's quality of life.
Think of the three activities your pet finds the most enjoyable or important.
*A dog's list may include car rides, walks together or going outside to eliminate & not having accidents in the house. My dog's #1? Going to the dog park!
*A cat's list may include bird watching, playing chase the laser light, or staying beautiful by grooming.
My cat's #1? Lounging on the foot part of the recliner while I'm on my laptop.
Evaluate whether enjoyable activities are still part of your pet's day on most days.
Monitor your pet's appetite, activity level and weight. Small changes day to day can be unnoticeable, but they add up.
Keep track of your pet's good days vs. bad days.
Peaceful Home Euthanasia
Is there a way to make the death of a beloved pet easy?
No, no there isn't.
Still, we can do our best to make your pets passing as peaceful and painless as possible.
Drifting off in your own bed with your family by your side is about as good as it gets - for the pet.
For the pet's family, there can be some comfort taken in providing as gentle a passing as possible, and in having the privacy and familiar surroundings of home.
When we schedule a home euthanasia, we'll usually have
discussed your pet's condition and options beforehand.
When I arrive, I'll meet your pet in a calm gentle unhurried way,
and answer any questions you may have.
If we agree to proceed, the pet will be given a medication that includes pain control and sedation, to help the pet be painfree, calm, relaxed and then sleepy, settling into a deep comfortable sleep.
I carry air dry clay with me.
While your pet is sleeping, I will make a clay pawprint for you to keep.
When you're ready, a euthanasia solution will be given that will deepen the sedation, and then the pet will pass.
Almost always, the pet will be unaware of this last step - no stress, no fear, no pain.
The fee for a home euthanasia includes the housecall fee and the euthanasia together: $295+gst.
If you wish, your pet can come with me when I leave your home, and I will coordinate the aftercare for you.
Your pet's aftercare will by handled by Honor Your Pet Aftercare Services, who provide pet cremation.
The owners of Honor Your Pet Aftercare Services,
Andre and Tara Ladourette, take the careful respectful aftercare of your pet seriously.
I trust them with my own pets.
Aftercare options are either general cremation, or individual cremation which includes delivery home of the cremains (ashes) in about a week. The fee for aftercare varies by size of the pet, and the service chosen.
If an individual cremation is chosen,
with everything handled separately
and the cremains delivered home in about a week,
the fee would be the general cremation price plus $100.
GST applies to the total.
For general cremation (no ashes returned)
the fees are:
Small dog: $100
Medium dog: $150
Large dog: $200
X-large dog: $250
GST applies to the total.