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Serving 1-Hour Radius of “The Triangle” or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill

  • Help with the Euthanasia Decision 
  • Quality of Life Discussions
  • Signs of Suffering Information
  • Private Home Euthanasia with Relaxing Sedation
  • Clay Paw Print Impressions
  • Cremation Transport
  • Grief Support Resources
  • Emergency Mobile Vet Available, at times

Pet Loss At Home connects pet owners with mobile veterinarians in a growing number of cities nationwide. Our focus is availability for home euthanasia 8am-8pm, 7 days a week, within 1-3 hours notice same day. You can look forward to more and more reliable home euthanasia service as we partner with more and more compassionate veterinarians.

Phone Contact:   877-219-4811

  • Have your zip code ready (for example: 27517)
  • Dr. Melanie Smith and Team will be there to help around Raleigh – Durham
  • We service Raleigh – Durham;  Counties:  Durham, Nash, Granville, Franklin, Chatham, Lee, Hartnett, Johnston, Orange, & Wake

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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.

SUPPORT GROUPS:

Raleigh: The HEALL Group; Family & Community Services, North Carolina State University Veterinary Hospital, http://www.ncstatevets.org/heall/. Meets on the second and fourth Thursday evening of each month; please call 919-513-3901 for more information and to register.

Raleigh: SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603, 919-772-2326, http://www.spcawake.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Humane_Ed_Pet_Loss_Support_Group. Meets the third Sunday of the month, 3:30-5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Vanessa Budnick, Humane Educator, at 919-532-2087 or vbudnick@spcawake.org.

Burlington: Faithful Friends Pet Loss Support Group, Hospice of Alamance Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215. Please contact M.J. at 336-532-7216 for more information. Runs 6-week support groups in spring and fall, and a memorial on the weekend of the National Pet Remembrance in September. Free. http://www.hospiceac.org/ (Check the list of events on the right side of the page.) mj@hospiceac.org

Charlotte/Matthews: Pet Grief Support. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm. Meetings are held at Seigle Avenue Presbyterian church 600 Seigle Ave, Charlotte, NC. http://www.petgriefsupportgroup.comdoddvetimaging@yahoo.com

Mooresville: Friends of the Animals offers a pet loss support group the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. The group will meet in the Board Room at 181 N. Main Street, in downtown Mooresville, where the Friends of the Animals’ office is located. For more information, contact Deby Thornburg B.S.S.P., M.S., Holistic Wellness, 4 Paws Home & Pet Services, LLC, 704-400-1833, http://www.4pawshomeandpetservices.comdebythornburg@ymail.com. This group is facilitated by Megan Pera, MA, LCSW (http://www.meganpera.com) and is free of charge.


COUNSELORS:

Apex: Amy Benton Moulds, MEd, NCC, Lifescapes Counseling, Peakway Market Square, 800 W. Williams Street, Suite 251, Apex, NC 27502, (919) 272-1388 or (919) 303-0273, http://www.lifescapescounseling.com/amymoulds@mindspring.com

Asheboro: Judith Stutts, PhD, Pet Bereavement Counseling, 336-625-1400, jcstuttsphd@petloss.orghttp://www.petloss.org

Asheboro: Laurel Reinhardt, Ph.D., 8552 Meadows Town Road, Marshall, NC 28753, 828-215-7424, InnerLandscaping@aol.com

Cary: Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LPC, 919-559-4379, 1320 SE Maynard Road, #101, Cary, NC 27511, (919) 559.4379,http://www.AnimalsConnectUs.comAnimalsConnectUs@yahoo.com

Charlotte: Yvonne Sullivan, Metrolina Chaplain Ministry for Pets, Charlotte, NC, 28208, 704-916-9622, http://www.metrolinachaplain.org,admin@metrolinachaplain.org. Spiritual support – including grief, medical, and memorial.

Conover: Kevin Rutter, MS, LMFT, Growing Tree Counseling Center, 715 Fairgrove Church Rd SE 202, Conover, NC 28613, (828) 638-5907,http://www.grow-nc.com/Growing_Tree/Welcome.html

Durham: Thom & Jonquil Williams, Animal Healings, Pelham Road, Durham, NC 27713, 941-321-8484, http://animalhealings.com/grief.html,thom@animalhealings.com

Garner/Triangle Area: Rev. Phran Gacher, M.Div., Pet Memorial Services, 842 Oakwater Drive, Garner NC, 919-779-7653, http://www.PerfectCeremonies.com,Rev.Phran@PerfectCeremonies.com (a provider of a memorial service, not a counselor)

Hillsborough: Duke Hospice Bereavement Services, Unicorn Bereavement Center, Triangle Hospice, Hillsborough, NC, (919) 644-6869 x221,http://dhch.duhs.duke.edu/modules/dhccbereave/index.php?id=1

Raleigh: Jeannine Moga, North Carolina State University Veterinary Health Complex, 1052 William Moore Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604, 919-513-3901,http://www.cvm.ncsu.edu/vhc/pet_loss.htmljeannine_moga@ncsu.edu. Client Counseling and Grief Support Services are now provided for clients of NCSU’s Veterinary Health Complex. Medical case consultation, end of life planning, and short term grief counseling are free of charge and offered by appointment; phone consultation and referral services are available to all community members.

Pinehurst: Tina Gibbs, LCSW, CT, 5 Aviemore Drive, Pinehurst, NC, 910-715-6013 or toll-free 1-866-861-7485, tgibbs@firsthealth.org

Wake Forest: Amy Pierce, Sophie’s Gift Animal Loss Support, 725 Mill Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587, 919-554-2711, tomanifest@mindspring.com,http://www.authenticself.us

Waynesville: Susan Kimball, LCSW CASAC, Kimball Counseling PC, 258 N. Main Street, Suite A, Waynesville, NC 28786, 828-226-7366,http://www.susankimball.netsusanpkimball@aol.com

Winston-Salem: Peggy Haymes, LPC, 2594 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, 336-293-4407