Quality of Life Consult As our pets begin to fail, be it as they age or because of a life-limiting illness, we begin to wonder if it’s time to help them pass on. It’s a normal and loving wondering. In my experience, the two things that people are most concerned about during this difficult time are if the pet is in pain, and whether the decision to euthanize or not is driven by their own “selfish” desire to have more time with that beloved pet. These are complex questions with answers that vary from patient to patient and family to family. A Quality of Life assessment is an opportunity for you to explore these and other questions with me in a comfortable and calm setting, with plenty of time to address all your concerns. It’s wise to have this conversation early on in the process, at the time of a terminal diagnosis for example, while there still may be things you can do to help keep your pet comfortable, rather than wait till you have reached the point that you think there is nothing left to do but say good-bye. This consult can be done by phone or in person. There are pros and cons to each type of visit. Please call, text or email for further details.
In-Home End of Life Care There are many reasons that families make the very difficult choice to euthanize a beloved pet. If you have reached this point, and feel you have explored possible treatment and care options as far as you can and/or wish to go, then perhaps the best thing for your pet is in-home euthanasia. Allowing a failing animal friend to pass peacefully, surrounded by loving care, at the place your pet feels most comfortable and safe is the last gift of devotion that you can provide. The word, euthanasia, means good death. This is the goal we have for your beloved companion. Your pet can be on a bed, your lap, the back of the pick-up truck—wherever is best for all of you. Unlike the same process in many veterinary clinics, we take our time and prioritize a calm and comfortable approach rather than speedy results. With a series of injections, we gradually induce a deeper and deeper sleep, until finally, your pet’s vital functions cease and death occurs. If you are ready to schedule in-home euthanasia, please call, text or email for more information.
After care Love Always Veterinary Care can arrange for the cremation of your pet. We use Koefran Pet Crematory. You can see what specialty memorial options they offer at www.Koefran.com in the catalog tab. Please call, text or email for details about options and cost. You can also reach out to other crematories in our area, such as Caring Pets Crematory in Sacramento (https://www.caringpetcrematory.com), or Heaven’s Gate Pet Memorial Center in Woodland (https://www.heavensgatepmc.com/pet-euthanasia-resources.html), and make arrangements for the after care of your pet privately. You also have the option to bury your pet on private property if it’s within the legal restrictions of your area. General recommendations include burying your pet 4 feet deep with a minimum of 3 feet of dirt overlying your pet’s body, and distance from any water source of at least 100 ft.