AFTERCARE CONSIDERATIONS

While it is perhaps the most difficult healthcare decision we will need to make for our pet, it is the responsibility of each of us to facilitate a pet’s end-of-life experience.

When it is time to say goodbye to your best friend, Hope Veterinary Specialists can guide you through the entire process: from helping you make compassionate and informed decisions regarding timing, to discussing various options once your pet has passed on.

Should you choose euthanasia while your pet is in the hospital, Hope VS has a room specially designed to be calm, comfortable, and soothing, complete with dim lighting and, if desired, soft music. Hope VS understands how necessary and special the last moments can be, and, of course, you can spend as much time with your pet prior to euthanasia as you like. Further, you can choose whether you would like to be present for the euthanasia.

The process of euthanasia is painless and peaceful. If you are unsure whether you want to be present or have concerns about witnessing the process and have questions, please feel free to talk to any of our doctors or nurses; each will be more than happy to sit down and have a meaningful discussion with you.

At this difficult time, we have two main goals in mind—first, the calm and dignified passing of your pet at the right time and, second, a positive and supportive experience for you.

Helping us do this is Evercare Veterinary Crematory Services.

Committed to celebrating the bond between animals and humans, Evercare understands the significance of the loss of a beloved pet. Their caring and experienced staff can provide you with suggestions on how to commemorate your pet and will provide all the services to achieve your wishes. They offer memorial services as well as unique urns or personalized keepsake jewelry to help create lasting memories. For more information, visit Evercare.

Our staff respects the incredible bond between pet owners and their companions and is dedicated to nurturing that relationship in the event of a devastating illness or traumatic event. Our Support Services Program offers individuals a sympathetic sounding board when challenging circumstances arise. Should you need assistance in your time of grief, we would be happy to introduce you to our Support Services Coordinator, Jennifer Durn, MSW, LSW. Support can be conducted in person, over the phone, or through email, and are provided completely free of charge. We would also be happy to refer you to a number of support groups specializing in pet loss. Please visit our Pet Caregiver Support Page. You might also find useful information on the ASPCA website dedicated to pet loss.