Hospice Care and Euthanasia
Should your pets’ health deteriorate we are here to help guide you in providing the optimal palliative care for them. Through communicating regularly with you, we will create an at home care plan that allows your pet to retain dignity and quality of life until the time comes for them to be at rest. We know first- hand that caring for a terminally ill or advanced aged pet can be complicated and confusing. We are here to help, so that both you and your pet can navigate the journey together in the most peaceful way.
The decision to euthanize your pet is likely to be the most difficult decision you will ever have to make as a pet owner. If the quality of your pet’s life has diminished so that they are experiencing more bad days than good, then it may be time to consider easing your pet’s suffering. If you are unsure, then we can provide resources to help you understand clearer where your pets’ quality of life stands.
Quality of Life consultations will be performed on all new patients prior to euthanizing. We will examine your pet in their own environment to get an accurate understanding of their medical problems and quality of life to guide you through this critical time. We will not euthanize a patient with a manageable or treatable disease (ie arthritis, blindness, deafness, untreated diarrhea, untreated renal disease, etc.). If there is a medical condition that needs to be managed, and you feel unable to provide the necessary care we will work to find alternative solutions for your pets’ healthcare needs.
Fetch the Vet Mobile Veterinary Practice will sedate your pet in its favorite location, allowing you time to say goodbye. After the sedative has taken effect, we will administer the final injection while you comfort your pet. We can also prepare final arrangements for your pet, if requested.
Please Note: Fetch the Vet Mobile Veterinary Practice performs euthanasia only on pets who have an unmanageable disease or those with little quality of life remaining. We reserve the right to refuse euthanasia if we feel it is being chosen as a convenience option (i.e. I want a new pet; I’m having a baby; It was my parent’s pet and I don’t want it; It’s just old; etc.). If we determine that it is not time to euthanize your pet, a house call fee and quality of life examination charge will be assessed.
Travel Fee: $50-100 (within 40 miles)
Quality of Life Consultation: $60
Euthanasia: Please call for pricing
Please note: There may be an additional charge for pets over 100 lbs, and aggressive pets that may need an adapted approach taken to care for them.
Care for your pet’s remains is a very personal decision. Every family will be different and the choice is yours alone to make. If you wish, we will take your beloved pet with us and arrange for cremation services. They will be handled with care, as if they were our own.
You can choose to have your pet cremated privately at a licensed crematorium. Cremains (ashes) are usually returned to you in 1-2 weeks. Arrangements will be made with you at the time of euthanasia for receiving their ashes.
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With this cremation option, pets are respectfully cremated with other animals at a licensed crematorium and their ashes are scattered on a private farm.
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If you prefer to keep your pet at home and elect a home burial then please check for any local regulations in respect to their burial site.