Staying at home is less stress for you and your pet!
Does your cat hide like a ninja once that carrier comes out? Have you witnessed the happy doggy-in-the-car eyes turn dark when you enter the vet’s parking lot? House calls may be the right answer for you and your pets’ needs.
Veterinarian At Your Door!
It is our mission to make things as stress-free for you and your beloved pets by keeping you both at the place you feel most comfortable; your home!
What do I have to do? So what is your part in all of this?
First, call our office to make an appointment!
Second, be sure your pet is ready for the visit. Ask before the appointment if they should be fasted or if samples should be collected, like urine or feces. Make sure they are confined to the area you would like us to examine the pet and the other pets are put away somewhere else to allow for the visit, and focus, to stay on the pet that needs the attention!
What happens at the home visit?
At the home visit, our doctor will do an initial exam wherever is comfortable for your animal such as on the couch or on the floor. Depending on the circumstances, a veterinary technician may be there to help with any restraint, diagnostics, or treatments that are needed.
We will guide you through every aspect of what the veterinarian is doing and why. From ensuring good health with preventative care visits, to helping your animal when they aren’t feeling well, to giving them the dignity they deserve when they leave this earth, our concierge services can help make your veterinary experience as stress-free and compassionate as possible.
What about payment?
Summer’s Animal Hospital does require payment at the time of service. We will require that client will provide a credit card as form of payment, that credit card info will be erased from our system as soon as the consultation is finished and the payment has been successfully processed. A copy of the invoice with a report of the transaction will be emailed to client for their records. We do offer care credit as a form of payment. Please call us for prices and times available for house call services!
House Call Euthansia
Our pets are beloved members of our family and it can be heartbreaking to see them unwell. Unfortunately, there are some illnesses that pets are unable to recover from. In the case of terminal illness and/or debilitating pain or suffering, one of the kindest things that we can do for them is to relieve them of that burden by making the difficult decision to put them to sleep.
How do to know if it is the right time to consider euthanasia?
Your veterinarian is the best person to advise you when it is time to consider euthanizing your pet. However, there are also some signs and symptoms that your pet is no longer experiencing good quality of life. If this is something you are considering and would like to schedule an appointment/house call/or telemedicine appointment to discuss your pets well-being with one of our veterinarians: call or request an appointment!
Euthanasia has the benefit of allowing family members the time to say their final goodbyes to your pet. This is an emotional time and house call euthansia’s can allow the opportunity for final displays of love and affection with your pet and with ease cross over the rainbow bridge.
What happens during the euthanasia procedure?
Understanding what happens during a euthanasia procedure before the event can be beneficial. Not only will you understand the medical process, but you can be comforted by the knowledge that your pet will be put to sleep in a completely painless and peaceful way. Your veterinarian will explain the procedure to you fully.
We offer both in hospital services and our house call service to come to your home, where you both are most comfortable. Regardless of the location, the service we offer is the same. We will accommodate your need. The decision is yours.
Smaller to mid-sized pets are usually placed on a table, couch, or your lap, whilst larger animals are most easily put to sleep on a bed on the floor. This also removes any discomfort your pet may feel by lifting. Ensure that you take their favorite sleeping blanket to give them added comfort during this time. A veterinary technician will usually hold your pet still to ensure that the procedure is done smoothly. If your pet is unlikely to stay still for the catheter placement then the veterinarian may give them a sedative beforehand.
Most often an IV catheter is placed into a vein the front or rear leg of your pet. This ensures that the vein does not rupture when the medications are given. These medications will cause your pet to fall into a drowsy or unconscious state, before slowing drifting off silently. For a few minutes after the process you may see involuntary muscle twitching and breathing from your pet. These are perfectly normal occurrences and no cause for concern. You are then given the option to spend some time with your pet before they are brought back to the hospital for cremation service.
Ahead of the euthanasia process you will be asked whether you would prefer how you would like for your pet to be cremated. Some client’s request a return of their pets’ ashes to memorialize their pet on a mantle or maybe scatter their pets’ ashes in their favorite walking spot. Some do not request their return, in which they are cremated with other pets that have passed away. Again, the decision is personal and there is no right or wrong decision. Whichever option you choose we will help guide you. We work with Pet Angel to facilitate this cremation service.
An alternative to cremation is home burial. You may wish to bury your pet. If you choose to bury your pet at home you should check any local ordinances for restrictions.