End of Life Services

Knowing when an animal would benefit the most from a humane euthanasia is never easy. Our doctors are here to help answer the question

IS IT TIME?

An appointment allows the doctor to make an accurate assessment of your pet’s cognitive and physical health to make the suggestion accurately. Do understand that you are not forced to make any decisions on the spot. For many of us, we need time to think things over, and that’s okay.

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.  

Here is what you can expect when the time comes:

Paperwork & Process

Someone will be in shortly to go over paperwork and discuss euthanasia and body care options. We hate to discuss money, especially at a time like this, so we try to make payment as easy as possible for you. After the paperwork, your doctor will be in to go over the process with you. For some, this may be your first euthanasia, and we do not want to keep you in the dark. We are here to make this as easy as possible.

Sedation

Your doctor will bring in your pet’s sedation. We sedate your pet prior to euthanasia to decrease stress. In this way, they will be unaware of any needles and will know that they are taking a great nap surrounded by the people they love. This sedation commonly takes 10-15 minutes to take full effect and will bring your pet into a deep and comfortable sleep. Some pets may pass with only the sedation; and that’s okay. This just means that they were ready to go.

Goodbyes

Your veterinarian will discuss if they’re having any difficulty and explain what they are doing throughout the process. Remember, you are more than welcome to spend as much time with your pet as you wish. We understand how difficult this may be and want you to have the best possible experience considering the circumstances.

Remembered

Care for your pet’s remains is a very personal decision. Every family will be different, and the choice is yours alone to make. There are many ways to remember a lost pet. Please talk to your veterinarian about our options.

Grief Counseling

The Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center has social workers on staff to support you after a loss or trauma. The information hotline telephone number is (412) 348-6515.

  • 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

Resources

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:

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