Orange County At Home Pet Euthanasia
“We just wanted to send you a little note to let you know that we are so grateful that we found you. We are so happy that we were able to give our dog Sam the gift of rest yesterday in the privacy of our own home. Thank you for your compassion and sincerity that you gave us and Sam. We are so thankful that he was able to go away in his own bed and knowing that he wasn’t all scared means so much to us. It is such a wonderful thing that you do for people with providing this service and we wanted to say thank you. God bless you and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas.” – Robert and Renee
Available seven days a week 8 am to 5 pm, and for appointments available for request between 6 pm to 9 pm, Paws into Grace proudly services San Diego and Orange County with in home pet euthanasia services and more. As folks like Robert and Renee have attested, giving your pet the gift of a peaceful, comfortable goodbye can be one of the most meaningful and impactful choices you make regarding saying farewell. Saying goodbye is never easy, but having access to an organization like Paws into Grace can make the entire process a healing experience. Allow us to tell you a little bit more about who we are and why we started our at home pet euthanasia organization.
Making the decision to say goodbye to, practically speaking, a member of your family can be a heavy burden to bear. While nothing can make that decision an easy and pain-free one, we can tell you that you are not alone. And some might tell you that you will probably “just know” when it is time to say goodbye, but the reality of the situation is that it’s impossible to say exactly how much pain your cherished pet is in. After their pet’s passing, we often hear of owner’s expressing regret over waiting too long to call in veterinary euthanasia at home services.
Here are a few of the most common reasons that people in Orange County elect to go with pet euthanasia at home.
- When you are at home, your pet is relaxed, peaceful, and comfortable. If your pet is near the end of their life, they are likely in constant pain and the trip to the vet’s office might be gratuitous.
- Once you arrive at the vet, there are a host of new smells and potentially frightening objects and devices. Pets have the capacity to anticipate discomfort. This possibility is much less likely when using at home pet hospice services.
- You have the ability to control the environment for your pet. Whether you want it to be a small, private matter or have the entire family around, you get to make the choice.
- Being able to have children present in a familiar environment can be a valuable life lesson for kids. Although it will be sad, children can learn that it is okay to process and talk about death. Our Family Support Team can help you through this grieving process.
Who We Are
Paws into Grace exists because we understand that knowing when to call in an O.C. pet hospice expert can be a very difficult thing when you are in the midst of the turmoil that comes along with a pet’s end of life experience. Whether you are looking to euthanize your cat at home or are just beginning your research mode by typing into your smartphone something like “pet euthanasia near me”, our entire staff from top to bottom has a passion for making this period of life a more gentle one. Below you’ll find a brief biography of our team members.
- Elizabeth Benson, DVM – Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, Elizabeth has had a lifelong dream of caring for and comforting animals. Upon completing her professional schooling in New England, she moved to San Diego to become an emergency veterinarian. One of the most significant things to jump out at her was the need for in home cat and dog euthanasia, given how frightening a veterinary clinic can be for many animals. With that in mind, Elizabeth started Paws into Grace, an Orange County at home pet euthanasia service available seven days per week, quite often beyond regular business hours.
- Summer Griffin, DVM – Summer, a native San Diegan and graduate from SDSU, is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Throughout her years of experience, she’s had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of animals. From sea turtles to dairy cows, Summer has seen it all. Dr. Griffin uses the inspiration for in home pet euthanasia in Orange County that has come from seeing the level of care that traditional hospice was able to provide for her father at the end of his life. Dr. Griffin believes the same standard of home care can be achieved when it comes to Orange County pet hospice. Like all of us here at Paws into Grace, Dr. Griffin believes that giving your cherished pet the gift of peace and rest is worth consideration during this difficult time of life.
We have a dedicated staff of passionate, diverse DVMs. Among them is Julie Brown, DVM, Dr. Chapman, DVM, Dr. Garnett, DVM, Jessica Vogelsang, DVM, Sarah LaMere, DVM, Dr. Silvia Farfan, Animal Reiki Practitioner and Family Support provider, Charity Mason, Office Manager, and Elizabeth Allen, Family Support provider. And although our backgrounds might be diverse, our commonality lies in our commitment to providing folks of Orange County and San Diego with the top hospice for dogs, cats, and other pets that they can possibly receive. If you are looking for mobile pet euthanasia services, we believe that Paws into Grace is worth your consideration.
Let’s take a closer look at our services.
What To Expect
If you elect to go with our Orange County home pet euthanasia service, here’s what you can expect. Our veterinarian will arrive at your home and greet you and your pet before reviewing some paperwork with you. Next, we will administer a sedative alongside pain medication. Your cherished pet will be deeply relaxed in about ten or fifteen minutes. You are given the choice to stay by your pet’s side or go to another room if you would prefer. When the last medication is given, a temporary IV catheter is placed. We have memorial, aftercare, and pet cremation options available, which we will discuss more below.
We’ve used this term a few times now, so you might be wondering what comprises pet hospice. Pet hospice care, just like traditional human hospice care, focuses on the quality of life and comfort of an individual rather than pursuing curative treatment. It does not connote giving up; it is simply a humane, selfless gift given with someone’s best interest in mind. At Paws into Grace, we provide a holistic approach to end-of-life management which involves educational and emotional support for the family, provided by our team.
While the primary aim of our Orange County pet hospice services is to enhance comfort and quality of life, you might find it interesting to learn that research has shown pets in hospice typically live longer than pets whose owners have elected to pursue curative treatment. Extending precious moments in the twilight of your pet’s life can provide your family with invaluable memories.
Pet Hospice Consultation
If you are considering hospice for dogs, cats, or another pet, you should know that we provide a hospice consultation. Our 2-hour consultation includes a Quality of Life Assessment in addition to formulating a medical plan to give palliative care for your pet. If you are wondering about our service area for a pet hospice house call, you should know that we provide appointments in San Diego County, Murrieta, and Temecula. We are open seven days a week, we are typically available for same day appointments, and do not charge any extra fees for last minute appointments. We get that this a challenging time to say the least, so we aren’t in the business of “nickel and diming” our clients for having a pet emergency.
Our newest program here at Paws into Grace is Birdsong, a supportive effort that goes beyond mere pain management for families learning to deal with devastating loss. Couples and families are faced with answering difficult questions regarding the appropriate time to stop treatment and consider pet hospice and other measures. Birdsong helps guide clients through end-of-life care through five key principles.
- Education – gaining an understanding of what is to come will help emotionally prepare you and your family.
- Facilitation – We offer our experience and guidance, but ultimately our goal is to empower you to make whatever decision is best for you and yours.
- Inclusion – The whole family is welcome, which, of course, includes any and all pets you wish to be there.
- Respect – There is no wrong way to cherish and honor the passing of a loved one. We seek to be useful in whichever way you deem best.
- Remembrance – Being able to verbally recognize the role your dog or cat has had in the family (and to you, personally) is remarkably valuable when it comes to the grieving and healing process.
Birdsong offers you support in quality of life evaluations, hospice and palliative care, in-home euthanasia, memorial services, personalized support, and more. In this way, we are proud to be able to offer what many consider to be one of the most comprehensive pet hospice services in the entire county.
Plain and simple, a pet is a member of the family. No one should feel shame for mourning the sickness and passing of a family member. For many children, they grew up with their dog or cat and might not have a memory without them being present. The feeling of that loss can be overwhelming at times. While people experiencing these feelings might think the extent of their emotions are inappropriate, our Family Support specialist Elizabeth Allen lets us know that nothing is off the table when it comes to grief counseling for pet loss. “There are no ridiculous questions or fears during these times. Everything is valid and when addressed and met with a compassionate ear, they become manageable.”
Elizabeth Allen and the rest of our Family Support staff is here to lend their ears and let folks process these emotions. We work with both adults and children, and often give advice for parents looking for counsel regarding the best way to address such a topic with their children.
We also offer spiritual counseling for those of our clients who are seeking spiritual or religious therapy.
In Orange County, most pet owners elect for pet cremation services as opposed to pet burial. Depending on where you live, it might even be illegal for your pet to be buried on your property. Whatever your personal case may be, we at Paws into Grace can assist you with pet cremation in Orange County. Whether you choose communal pet cremation where your dog or cat’s ashes are scattered at sea or decide on individual pet cremation (home hand delivery available) where you can receive your pet’s ashes back in a unique urn, we have options available for you.
We offer a selection of memorial items to keep the memory of your cherished one alive and well. We are able to bundle these mementos into any service package we offer. The items will be delivered to you directly. Choose from Nose Print Necklaces, Hand-Stamped Necklaces, memorial beads, topical books, and varietal Glass Art Globes. These items can also be given as a meaningful gift for a loved one in their time of duress.
Celebration Of Life
While we are speaking of memorials, having a Celebration of Life memorial service is a way to promote a spirit of cathartic grief in addition to the celebration of your pet’s life. The service doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful to plan, either; we plan anything from helping you write a letter to your pet to organizing and hosting a celebratory party with family and friends invited. We offer a Celebration of Life Package which incorporates all of the most commonly requested memorial services. Among them are Grief Support, a memorial ceremony, premium aftercare services including a hand delivery of remains, a personalized item of memorial jewelry, and Reiki. Visit our page for pet cremation and celebration of life for more information.
Like we’ve mentioned above, navigating the murky subjectivity of deciding when it is the correct time to say goodbye is a daunting prospect, especially when making the decision alone. When you choose to have Paws into Grace walk alongside you during this time, you don’t have to face this decision alone. We provide a Quality of Life Assessment to help you with planning. It’s a one-hour appointment where we discuss the coming months and what to expect. We will develop a tailored plan based on your wishes. Should you choose to utilize our cat or dog hospice services, we can turn the assessment into a hospice if that is the desired route.
If your pet has recently received a negative prognosis, consider our Quality of Life Assessment so that the professionals can help you determine the next steps. For now, you have access to our Quality of Life Scale, which can help owners get into the right frame of mind for determining what is to come. We attempt to take a holistic assessment of your pet’s well-being by considering factors like hurt, hunger, hydration, happiness, mobility, and more.
Consider Paws Into Grace
Some of our prospective clients might be interested to learn that we offer a 10 percent military discount for members of Pets for Patriots. But even if that doesn’t apply to your situation, we at Paws into Grace want you to know that you are not alone in this process. And while we don’t claim to take the pain of loss away, we can help people and families deal with the busy work that can distract from taking the time to remember what is most important at a time like this. But most of all, we are here to provide San Diego and Orange County with high-quality at home dog euthanasia services (we provide the same service for cats). Give your loved one the gift parting gift of rest, and consider Paws into Grace when you need us.