How can I tell if my pet is in pain?
Follow the links for pain & quality of life scales-
For Both Dogs and Cats: http://pawspice.com/
Can we practice special rituals or services?
Yes please let us know if they are any special requests while we are in your home or otherwise.
Can I change my mind at anytime?
Yes please give us 2 hours notice for a cancellation of any in home consultation. If you decided during your visit that you do not want to euthanize your pet you must tell us prior to the administration of the sedative otherwise we cannot reverse the process.
Can children be present?
Children learn responsibility and love in caring for their family pet. Similarly, aging, illness, and death provide rich lessons about the cycle of life. Just as with their adult caretakers, children can be taught techniques to remain involved with their animal friend’s care so they feel important and even inspired by this tender and memorable time. Depending upon your child’s age and temperament , the advice/recommendation of your hospice team, and your careful preparation, consider allowing them to be present at the time of death. If you would like another opinion about how to assist in their coping and grief work, a child therapist can be considered. (taken from IAAHPC)
Do we get a keepsake from our pet?
Yes we include one clay paw print in our service fee(additional paw prints are $10 each), we usually add the pet’s name but any other information can be added as well, we can also clip some hair for you to keep just let us know.
What should I do if my pet dies at home?
Please call us if you would like us to pick up your pet for transportation to a crematorium
What will happen if my pet dies at home?
You may see reflexive “agonal" breaths(legs and head stretch out, mouth opens and closes) your pet may defecate or urinate you may notice twitching, eyes glaze over, the eyes will not stay closed.
Can I call anytime?
Yes we have an answering service when we are unavailable we typically do not answer calls in the middle of the night but if you leave a message we will contact you the next morning.
What areas do you provide service?
Anywhere in the Pittsburgh area(1-2 hours drive) if you are outside of Pittsburgh please call we will likely be able to provide service.
Do I need an initial consultation for euthanasia service?
No the first visit can be the in home euthanasia.
How long is the in home consultation?
If this visit is for euthanasia only it typically lasts about an hour. If the consultation is for an assessment or a hospice care plan it may take up to 2 hours or more depending on your needs.
What types of animals do you see?
Primarily dogs and cats but if you have another type of small mammal or reptile it is possible that we can help you please let us know in advance what type of animal you have. We do not see large animals(horses, cows, wild life).