Recently, I asked the good folks over at the Montclair Watercooler for advice about veterinarians who make home visits. A friend has a beloved 14-year-old Labrador who isn’t doing well, and she is facing the unhappy decision-making process about how to proceed in her pet’s best interests. I thought I’d share some of the helpful and warm responses that my query received. First, one person warned that it might not be legal, so I checked. It is legal to euthanize your pet in your home.
Several people mentioned Dr. Sarah Barnes, DVM, who owns Eleos Veterinary Service, which was profiled on Baristanet last year. Call (973) 699-5739.
Several people also gave very positive reference to Dr. Faith Krausman, DVM, with Vet on Wheels. Call 973-744-1442.
Another service is called More Than A Walk, and a couple of people recommended it from personal experience. One person who responded gave this positive review: “Dr. Wellington and Martha were competent, and warm professionals. I will never put another pet down any other way.” Call (973)338-5603. Hablan Español.
One person said he used Pet Requiem, and that it was a great comfort to have his pet comfortable and calm at home. Call 732.383.7742.
Others mentioned Vet Dispatch, which is an all-around veterinary service. Call (877) 400-VETS for information.
For cremation services, two people mentioned Faithful Companion pet cremation service, nearby in Clifton, also came to the house. Call (973) 249-7200.
If you plan to bury your pet on your property, make sure to check with local officials. Considering the amount of “remembrance rocks” I see at ShopRite and other stores, I’m guessing it’s allowed. Still, if you are renting or planning to move, that might not be the best choice.
Coping with the loss of a companion is sometimes more difficult than we expect, especially for children. Here are a few resources to help talk about it and deal with the emotions. Thank you to Jessica at VegBooks for bringing these to my attention.
* The children’s book Dog Heaven can help start conversations and mourning for the whole family.
* The C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline: If you need a compassionate, understanding person to talk to, they are there to listen and to support you. Open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-9 pm Central Time. The toll-free telephone number is: (877) 394-CARE (2273).
* Children and Pet Loss: An annotated list of on-line resources to help find activities and talking points for grieving children.
* Curious Pages: For those of us who have come across a dead bird or other animal on walks with our children, The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown might help talk about it.