Pet Hospice Care and In-Home Euthanasia

Glenwood Pet Hospital understands that geriatric care deserves a multi-modal approach to make sure they are having a good quality of life.  Our veterinarians can talk in-depth with you about any concerns you may have with your aging pet. Whether it’s making sure they are comfortable and pain-free (pain medications, therapy laser, acupuncture) or discussing ways to increase their appetite and energy, we are here to cater a plan for your pet’s needs.  If you know it’s time to say goodbye to your beloved pet and wish to be in the comfort of your own home, Drs. Dan Pierce and Erin Gorney provide in-home euthanasia services by appointment only. 

Dr. Erin Gorney has worked with the country-wide veterinary hospice and in-home euthanasia company, Lap of Love.  This has allowed her to train specifically on hospice care and making sure in-home euthanasia is a peaceful and comfortable experience for the whole family.  She is available for both in-hospital and in-home hospice consultations and euthanasia by appointment only. Please call Glenwood Pet Hospital if you wish to schedule an appointment or for pricing.  

Care for your pet’s remains is a very personal decision. Every family will be different and the choice is yours alone to make. Glenwood Pet Hospital is fortunate to have Burton’s Funeral Home and Crematory to assist in common(pets are cremated together and ashes scattered) or private cremation (your pet’s ashes are returned to you along with a keepsake with a hair clipping and paw print). You may also choose to bury your pet at home (see your local regulations) or elect to purchase a plot of land at a local pet cemetery.  

Below are some links to help you navigate through having a pet in hospice care or suffering from a chronic disease, as well as resources to help you through the euthanasia and bereavement process: 

Determining Quality of Life 

Quality of Life Tracking App

How to Know It is Time

Anticipatory Grief

Common Diseases

Common Symptoms

Pet Mobility Issues

Grief Counseling

The Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center has social workers on staff to support you after a loss or trauma.

  • Telephone/private support
  • Guidance in pet decision-making, including palliative care & euthanasia
  • Support group meetings
  • Referrals and resources
  • Information on pet loss
  • Compassion fatigue management

The information hotline telephone number is 412.348.6515.