Bringing Peace to a Beloved Pet – NJ Edition

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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.


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10 Responses to Bringing Peace to a Beloved Pet – NJ Edition

  1. Oh this is just the saddest thing. We had my beloved Oberon put to sleep in 2007 after a quick cancer. She was cremated, and I am that lady with a fancy silk box of her ashes in my china cabinet and her collar draped around it. At home would have been so much easier on all of us.

  2. Arod says:

    thanks for sharing i hope to have many happy years ahead with my CoCo but it doesnt hurt to be prepared

    • It’s not the kind of research that you want to ever do, but it’s also not the kind of thing you want to find alphabetically or trusting Google’s picks. I hope you don’t have to use these services EVER, and certainly not soon. (I had a dog named Cocoa, and thank you for bringing back memories with mention of your CoCo.)

  3. Dr. Wendy McCulloch came to my family’s home in Long Branch, NJ a few months ago to help us say goodbye to our dear kitty BT who passed of nasal cancer. She came to our home in the middle of the night and is now a dear friend. She goes above and beyond for her clients as she also offers home vet care for geriatric and hospice pets in NJ and NYC. Here is her website: and you can find out more on her Facebook page:

  4. Mayor Gia says:

    Sniffle. Even reading this makes me sad.

  5. I just wanted to add that we went with VetDispatch. They were professional, caring, down-to-earth and genuinely nice people. There were hugs. It was clear this wasn’t just part of the job to them, but something they definitely did not like doing. The whole process was as good as it could have been under the circumstances. And to be able to do it in our home, in our dog’s favorite spot with his family holding him made it more peaceful than the clinical environment of a vet’s office. Thanks for your research and kindness Kristin.

    • Michelle, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear dog. Your description of the last moments is exactly why I’m so glad this services exists as an option. I hope you and your family are doing well despite the sadness.

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