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   As pet owners, the last thing we want to think about is the day we say “good-bye” to our beloved dog or cat. Especially as pets are living longer — sometimes as long as 15 to 20 years — they are more and more becoming a steadfast part of our lives: children grow up with their pets, and older pet owners rely on the familiar company of a dog or cat to keep them company as kids leave the nest.

   Inevitably, the time comes when a pet’s health declines beyond the point where medical intervention is helpful. When that happens, whether suddenly or over a period of time, the pet owner is faced with a heartbreaking decision: how and when to help the pet pass away through euthanasia.

   The “when” decision is typically made with the guidance of a veterinarian, who assists you in evaluating your pet’s quality of life and lets you know when further medical treatment will be futile.

   The “how” decision provides more room for choice, unless the decision to euthanize a pet (i.e., put it to sleep) is being made in an emergency setting.

   Historically, pet owners have relied on the family veterinarian to provide euthanasia services. Clients choose this method because they want to use the veterinarian they trust, in a familiar clinical setting. On the other hand, some pet owners will choose a veterinary clinic they have never been to before, and do not plan to return to after the euthanasia. The reason? They do not wish to return to a place with the unhappy memory of their pet’s last moments, and they also wish to separate those memories from their preferred veterinary clinic.

   A new option has arisen in recent years: in-home euthanasiaThis option works well for the following circumstances:

  • the pet is too large to move, and is incapable of walking on its own;
  • the pet owner wishes to be present for the pet’s final moments;
  • the pet owner would like complete privacy, which is difficult in a hospital;
  • the pet owner would like the pet to be in a comfortable, familiar setting, to ease the pet’s stress and fear;
  • the pet owner would like the option of having their other pets and family members present;
  • the pet owner needs to schedule the euthanasia outside of their veterinarian’s regular work hours;
  • the pet owner would like to determine how much time they can spend with their pet after the procedure.

   In-home euthanasia is a specialty practice offered by several Norfolk veterinarians (and elsewhere in Hampton Roads.) In addition to euthanasia and cremation services, some of these practitioners offer grief support.

Contact Us at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic for a list of the local specialty practices that offer in-home euthanasia, and learn whether this option is right for you and your pet.

 

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WE WELCOMED:

  • Precious
  • Angel
  • Oliver
  • Stormy
  • Elsa
  • Jinxy
  • Cooper
  • Spike
  • Samantha

WE REMEMBER:

  • Gateway

 

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Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, would like to share with you a local event remembering beloved pets that have passed through our lives and yours!

From Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice:

“A great life deserves to be celebrated. Join us for our fifth annual water lantern lighting ceremony on National Pet Memorial Day. The ceremony will include pet loss readings, personalization of water lanterns, and moment of silent reflection.

“This event is free to attend and open to all. Please RSVP to HRvethospice@gmail.com so we will have a lantern for everyone!”

FREE admission

Kid friendly

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Each month, we welcome new patients and remember the patients that have passed on.

WELCOME

  • Fred
  • Felix
  • Scrubby
  • Apollo
  • Riley
  • Boten
  • Pepper
  • Taco
  • Tiny
  • Bruno
  • Dartos
  • Tom
  • Bella
  • Rico
  • Shiloh
  • Bella
  • Scooter
  • Duke
  • BamBam
  • Paddle
  • Gracie
  • Scooby
  • Rocko
  • Snoopy
  • Cat

IN MEMORIAM

  • Precious
  • Charlie
  • Lucy
  • Brownie
  • Venus
  • Cinnamon

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Image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

 

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