End of Life Services
There will never be the right time when it comes to discussing the end of your pet’s life. However, this is one of the most important conversations that a Veterinarian can have with the families that call upon them for help and guidance. Empathy, openness, nonjudgmentalism, and compassion are the cornerstone of what we provide. It is truly a privilege to be able to support families during this most difficult time.
What is Veterinary Hospice?
This is a medically supervised service which provides compassionate care to our pet patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Terminal illness does not necessarily mean pain and suffering, as we can still provide a comfortable way of life through pain management, supplemental nutrition, hydration, management of mobility issues, and guidance to the family to ease the process of death and dying. In veterinary hospice our main goal is to ensure the comfort and quality of life of the patient by preventing suffering even before it can begin, and to maintain the human-animal bond for as long as possible.
We offer compassionate euthanasia for pets at the ends of their lives. We know that this is a difficult time for you and it is very important to us that our family receives the calm and kind support that you need, during and after the process. We can approach the process in a non-judgmental and compassionate way that works best for both you and your beloved pet. Dr. Briones performs both in-clinic and house-call euthanasia. We offer cremation services as well. Please do not hesitate to contact us even after the passing of your pet, as our team is always here for you and your family.
What can I expect?
There are several options when considering the aftercare of your pet's remains. Every pet owner's decision will be different, but in any case, you can be assured that your pet will be handled with the utmost respect and care throughout this process. Ultimately the choice is yours, alone, to make. Two options, private and communal cremation, are available to handle your pet's remains.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes of your pet are returned to the clinic where you can pick them up.
With communal cremation, pets are cremated together, and their ashes are scattered by the crematory.
In addition to cremation, there is this final option of burial. We can further discuss this option as needed.