Serving 1-Hour Radius of Pittsburgh
- Cost is $300-$700 depending on body care (home burial vs. cremation)
- Optional Clay Paw Print and/or Fur Clipping by Request FREE
- $300-400 includes mobile vet drive time, house call time, sedation, home euthanasia (You may prefer to keep your pet’s body at your home for burial in your yard. You may prefer to handle pet cremation arrangements yourself.)
- $400-500 includes mobile vet drive time, house call time, sedation, euthanasia, pet body transport, group cremation, nothing saved, nothing returned (You may prefer to have the mobile vet take your pet’s body and save precious photos instead of ashes.)
- $600-700 includes mobile vet drive time, house call time, sedation, euthanasia, pet body transport, private cremation, ashes saved, ashes returned via personal delivery or shipping (You may prefer to have the mobile vet take your pet’s body and save/return the ashes.)
Call Pet Loss At Home Pittsburgh
- Have your zip code ready (for example 15237)
- Dr. Barb Karner, Dr. Dave Sherer, Dr. Mary Ann Bender, and Dr. Michelle Elgersma service a 1-hour radius of Pittsburgh
Email Pet Loss At Home Pittsburgh
How To Prepare For A Home Visit With Pet Loss At Home:
- A home visit usually lasts 60 minutes.
- Please set aside a box of Kleenex for tears, a food distraction for dogs (ice cream, chicken, ham, cheese, peanut butter), two large bath towels that can get peed on and a very large blanket or bed sheet that the vet can keep. Please arrange for 1-2 family members or friends or neighbors to help lift the dog stretcher out to the padded bed in the vet’s vehicle.
- Signature and payment are handled first. Cash or check (made out to the mobile vet’s name) are preferred. Credit card available with free processing.
- The goodbye setting can involve friends, family, neighbors, Skype, FaceTime, other pets, candles, quiet music, dim lighting, flowers, photos, telling stories, sharing fond memories, kleenex and towels/soft blankets/pillows. Most home visits take place inside the home on the floor, couch, or bed or in the yard on blankets. Meeting at a beach or park is an option.
- The most painLESS euthanasia method requires sedation first using the smallest needle possible in the most comfortable under the skin location. Don’t ever let your pet be catheterized or euthanized without sedation first. Sedation completely eliminates and avoids a painful vein failure nightmare.
- The euthanasia process works as a massive anesthesia overdose and is started with a sedative injection. Most pets hold still for this administration, some squirm a little, some vocalize from the pressure of liquid going under the skin. A food distraction can work very well here for some dogs (ice cream, chicken, ham, cheese, peanut butter) and even cats (milk, tuna). If you are worried about your pet’s sensitive personality, chronic pain overload or unstable failing medical condition, the vet can discuss that with you.
- Once your pet is unconscious and under anesthesia, then a back leg vein is used for the final overdose. Accomplishing unconscious anesthesia first guarantees that your pet will not feel or experience or know about any painful vein issue. Please be aware that open eyes and quicker breathing are normal to see at death.
- Please request a clay paw print and/or fur clipping if desired. Those keepsakes are free and optional.
- You can keep your pet’s body at home with you or the vet can take the body and arrange for cremation service. The vet’s vehicle has a large padded bed in the back and comes equipped with a stretcher. Please arrange for 2 – 4 family members or friends or neighbors to help lift the stretcher. There are two options for cremation: group/no ashes saved OR private/yes ashes saved/returned to you via personal delivery or shipping. Return usually takes 1-2 weeks. Rush cremation/return can be arranged. You can also attend/view the cremation.
- There are issues to be aware of that are out of our control when it comes to working with elderly animals that are riddled with failing body parts. Cats are often more difficult to work with by nature than dogs. When it comes to the sedative injection, many cats are reactive and not the most cooperative by nature. Using the smallest needle possible in the most comfortable under the skin location is very helpful but not a guarantee that the sedation injection with go perfectly smoothly. Because every pet we are working with is overwhelmed with old age deterioration, debilitation, failure, and often cancer, it’s not uncommon to see some more dramatic body reactions while the failing body attempts to process the sedative drugs. For example, a seizure can occur when cancer has spread to the brain, muscle tensing or tremors or twitching can occur when blood salt levels are unbalanced, and quicker breathing or vomiting can occur as well. The vet’s explanations during the home visit will help prepare you for what is going to happen. It’s very important that we manage your expectations of what is medically realistic when working with a failing pet’s painful and debilitated body. Keep in mind, we are doing everything medically available to minimize pain and maximize peace by sedating first using the smallest needle possible in the most comfortable under the skin location. Most euthanasias are relaxed, quiet, peaceful fading. Some involve more dramatic body reactions because the body is in such unstable failure from old age and cancer.
“I can not thank you enough for the valuable service you provide. Dr. Karner came to my home to do a deed that I was dreading, yet knew was inevitable. She was there within an hour. She euthanized my 17 year old chihuahua in my dog’s own home surrounded by all her favorite sounds and smells. I have recommended your services to several people that are facing the same situation. Dr. Karner deserves a raise! This has to be a terrible job and she was wonderful!”
“Dr. Karner came to our home on short notice to help us send our beautiful 15 year old boy Buddy to the rainbow bridge. Her compassion for our situation was wonderful. With such a hard decision to make, we were so glad that someone like Dr. Karner was here with us. The mementos she left us with in giving us his lock of fur and his beautiful paw print will always be cherished! The card she send a few days later touched our hearts. Thank you so much Dr.Karner for your compassion during the toughest decision we had to make. I will recommend to anyone who has to make this dreadful decision.”
“Thank you for helping us with our Otis, our Beagle, this past Sunday. He was with us a long time, coming into our home from a shelter 11 years ago at about 4 years of age. He joined new brothers Remus and Voldie. He wanted our love and attention and quickly adapted into our home. We think he had good times with us, he was a good boy, friendly to all, playful, even when he was sick. We only found out about his cancer about month ago, it was throughout his body. Our vet treated him to make him comfortable, but the disease finally became too much for him. We knew we would have to make a decision that was best for him. Sunday we realized he couldn’t take anymore. Pet Loss At Home and Dr. Barb came to our rescue. Barb talked to us and to Otis, she petted him and let our family all sit around him holding him on the floor while she gave him an injection to relax him. Barb explained and instructed us on what would happen and what we needed to do. Otis didn’t even feel the end, he just passed peacefully with his chin on my knee while he slept. At last he looked relaxed, his expression no longer held pain, it was our old, happy Otis. We hope he is remembering all his happy moments with us and his brothers.. Thank you, Dr. Barb and Pet Loss At Home , for being there for us.”
“I’m sure you’ve read hundreds of notes just like this, but I must send my heartfelt thanks to Pet Loss At Home, and most especially Dr. Dave Sherer. Last Sunday it was time to say goodbye to my sweet baby, and old “junkyard dog”, Gemma. I called your number and Dr. Dave called me right back. He patiently listened to my story of Gemma’s slow decline and quietly agreed with me that it was time to end her struggles… The quiet humility and peace that she was allowed to leave this world in was so beautiful. Dr. Dave was wonderful, explaining every step, and letting us go through the process at our own pace. Gemma passed with so much love, many kisses, and all the sweetness we could offer her… It was a huge blessing not to have to move her to the car, and then a sterile table where she would have been extremely stressed. I am forever grateful to Pet Loss At Home and Dr. Dave Sherer for providing such a peaceful alternative. And while I write this with fresh tears, and will miss my puppy always, I know that we gave her a beautiful transition. I will see her again, with all of our other loyal companions, at the Rainbow Bridge… Namaste’ my sweet Gem”
“When my husband and I finally had to make that ultimate decision yesterday to spare our precious Oreo any more pain, God sent us to your site. Oreo never liked leaving home and traveling to the vet was very traumatic for him. Dr. Dave Sherer was so compassionate and made Oreo’s journey stress free for him. Being able to hold him in a place that he is so familiar and hear our comforting words beside his ear made his journey stress free and comforting for us at the same time. We did not feel rushed at any time and Dr. Sherer explained the process and what to expect throughout his passing. We feel so blessed that we could do this for our Oreo. I can only say that for any individuals having to make this decision; never hesitate to use the in-home transition provided by this group.”