If you or any one member of the family is unsure if it is the right time for making a Peaceful Home Euthanasia appointment, then it is our protocol to not proceed at this time. Instead, we advise having a “Quality of Life” consultation as a separate appointment. This is a unhurried, neutral, thorough review of your pet’s situation, based on: 1) previous diagnostics and treatments that your pet may have already received; 2) a review of your pet’s environment; 3)an updated physical exam, and 4) your care options, given your pet’s temperament, conditions, and your abilities/resources. We can also discuss further tests or treatments if feasible or helpful at this time. Sometimes a blood test at home can help clarify the general underlying health and prognosis of your pet.
The goal of a “Quality of Life” consultation is to provide you with information to assist you in making the best decision for your pet, to either to plan a peaceful home euthanasia, or to improve on how to care for your pet further at home at this time, and then see if things improve or not. This appointment can also provide “peace of mind” for you if it has been a while since your pet has had a veterinary exam. You can also discuss candidly your concerns and priorities.
After a quality of life consultation, or when you decide to arrange a Peaceful Home Euthanasia, our protocol is to ask owners to “sleep on it”, at least overnight. Otherwise, it has been our experience, otherwise, that many pet owners will falsely “second guess” themselves later, even if a peaceful euthanasia is the obvious and best kindness. Our goals are to prevent suffering of your pet, to provide a peaceful home euthanasia when the time is kindest and wisest, and to provide peace of mind for you, and for all involved in helping your pet, at this stage of life.
In a Quality of Life consultation, Dr. Susan will have taken time reviewing your pet's previous health history, after which she will spend approximatly 2 hours at your home, and then prepare a record of findings and recommendations.
Cost of a Quality of Life Consultation involves the following:
1) Quality of Life: Review, Evaluation and Indepth Consultation (approx 2 hours) - $150.00 +GST
2) House Call to your Area (see below for cost to your specific area + GST):
When to Consider a "Quality of Life" Consultation
Regular Day rates
*Saturdays & Evenings
Closed and away on Sundays, long weekends & statutory holidays.
Evening Rate (discounted due to lesser traffic/travel time)
The areas below are served for Quality of Life exams
& Peaceful Home Euthanasia only
*Saturdays & Evenings (Discounted Rate re: Traffic Considerations)