Home At Last offers a variety of services to assist you and your pet with all aspects of end of life veterinary care. Dr. Kirt will spend all the time necessary to thoroughly answer your questions and listen to your concerns. Whether you need help making the decision or know in your heart that euthanasia is the only option, you and your pet will always be treated with the utmost compassion and empathy.
Quality of Life Evaluation
Sometimes it is difficult to know just how much quality is present in our pet’s day to day routine, especially when there is chronic or age related disease that is slowly progressive. Objective parameters do exist to help determine overall quality of life. If you’re unsure and struggling with the decision of whether or not it’s time to say goodbye, Dr. Kirt can evaluate your pet and make appropriate recommendations with compassion.
Palliative & Hospice Care
If you feel that your pet is nearing the end of his or her life but it’s not time for euthanasia, then palliative care which is focused on the relief of pain, stress and other symptoms may be appropriate. The quality of your pet’s life can often be improved even when the end is drawing near. Dr. Kirt is willing to work with you and your family veterinarian to give your pet the best possible quality for whatever time you have left together. She will work closely with you to monitor your pet and will discuss her observations so that you can feel comfortable that your decisions are in the best interest of your pet.
End of Life Consultation
You know the time is drawing near when you will be faced with the loss of your beloved pet. Perhaps you have never been faced with the death of a pet, or have never witnessed the process of euthanasia. Maybe you have never had to make the decision to let a pet go. People can struggle profoundly with all sorts of emotions and questions surrounding the end of a pet’s life, even if they have had to cope with it before. If this is the case, Dr. Kirt would love to schedule a visit with you and your pet to help alleviate any fears or concerns. This can also be scheduled in conjunction with a Quality of Life Evaluation.
When there is no longer quality of life and the only option is to say goodbye, Dr. Kirt will come to your pet to provide peaceful euthanasia. This life ending procedure can take place wherever your pet is most comfortable; on the couch, in the backyard or at a favorite spot in nature. You may remain with your pet during every step of this process but you are not required to do so if this is not comfortable for you.
Transport of Pet Remains
After your pet is gone it is difficult to be faced with the task of transporting his or her remains for appropriate disposal. If you will not be burying your pet’s body at home his or her remains must be taken elsewhere for cremation or burial. Home At Last will transport your pet’s remains to a facility of your choice. This may include transport to your regular veterinarian for cremation arrangements. Size and weight restrictions may apply depending on assistance available for lifting.