I encourage you to not think of Hospice Care in the context of death and instead focus on your animal’s quality of life. My goal is to make that quality good to excellent for as long as possible. Whether you were just told that your animal has a disease with a poor prognosis, or you’ve been watching your otherwise healthy older animal age more quickly, a hospice consult can be invaluable to your peace of mind and your pet’s quality of life.
The consult appointments will include an in-depth review of metal records and history, discussion of your personal goals and concerns, and evaluation of quality of life and what treatment options are available to make your pet as happy as they can be for as long as possible. We will make a plan concerning medications, nutrition, nursing care and also discuss when to know if it’s time to say goodbye.
I usually schedule 2-3 hours of time for these appointments, some of which may include me researching options for you. I strive to be as available as possible for any follow-up questions you may have as things change at home.
Every family and animal is different, so every plan is tailored specifically to you and your animal’s needs. Although this can be a scary time for your pet and for your family, it should ultimately also be a time for peace of mind, rest and comfort.
The hardest decision for many people is when to say goodbye to their pets. If you’re thinking the time may be close, I encourage you to call to discuss it. I feel that this is a conversation that too many people avoid for too long. I’d rather have a conversation with you where the answer is, “not yet” than for you to put it off and regret it later. I have never had someone tell me they wished that had waited longer, only that they feel they may have waited too long. I believe the way to avoid this is to have open, non-judgemental conversations regarding euthanasia and decision-making. This includes decisions regarding animals that have bitten or are aggressive. If you are concerned about your pet’s temperament, please reach out and we can discuss your options.
Euthanasia literally means “good death” and although it is one of the hardest parts of being a veterinarian, providing this is also something I highly value. Being able to mitigate or avoid suffering in our pets is something that cannot be overvalued in my opinion. I will explain the process thoroughly beforehand so you will know what to expect. Each animal is heavily sedated to the point of being anesthetized before euthanasia to ensure comfort until the end and a peaceful passing.
If you are considering an equine euthanasia, please reach out and I would be happy to have these same discussions with you.
I often hear that people want their pets to pass “naturally” at home. I generally discourage this because most people do not realize that death without sedation can unnecessarily prolong suffering. If you have questions regarding this please contact me directly.
Hospice Consult… $145
In home euthanasia… $325
Clay paw print…$25
Body Care options if you have not made your own arrangements (companion animals only):
70 lbs and below… $140
70 lbs and up … $175
Ashes are returned in a cedar box with your pet’s name engraved. These are usually available in 1 week and can be picked up at Lasting Paws Pet Memorial Services at 27292 Co Rd 13, Johnstown or they will ship to you with FedEx for an additional $25.
Cremation (no ashes returned) … $50
All listed fees are in addition to a house call fee based on your location that averages $30 for Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley.