Our Services

Because hospice care and euthanasia benefit the pet and the family much better in the home environment all of the services we offer are performed in the privacy of your home. This allows us to focus all of our time, knowledge and expertise on the specific needs of the family and the pet. We can work in direct cooperation with your veterinarian if you prefer or direct care independently.

At Home Euthanasia

HOME EUTHANASIA

Early in his veterinary career, Dr. Helton recognized the need to offer home euthanasia to Atlanta patients and to provide support to their families. He was the first practitioner in the region to offer this service and he realized that it allowed his patients to die peacefully and with dignity in the familiar surroundings of their home. It has also helped pet-owning families have a less painful and traumatic parting experience with their beloved pet.

Deciding on at-home euthanasia for your terminally ill or geriatric pet is an emotional and personal decision for your family, but it becomes a very loving choice if it means your pet will have a gentle passing. Let us help you give a respectful and peaceful end to your pet’s life.

PEACEFUL AND GENTLE GOODBYES

During this difficult time, you would want your pet’s remaining days to be calm, comfortable, and filled with love. We want the experience to be less stressful for your pet and family.

Many pets experience anxiety when going to the clinic. Such intimate care should be performed in the comforts of home and in the reassuring presence of family. Atlanta Pet Hospice offers a mobile pet euthanasia service for terminally ill dogs and cats in Atlanta, Georgia.

With Dr. Helton’s expert advice and guidance, you can make sure that your pet will receive the best end-of-life care. If you’re struggling with the decision, Dr. Helton will provide helpful insights and emotional support so you can go through the process confidently and focus on the comfort and quality of life of your pet.

FAMILY-CENTERED APPROACH

Atlanta Pet Hospice is committed to providing family-oriented mobile pet euthanasia for Georgia pet-owning families. Our goal is to maintain the quality of life of your pet until the end and guide you every step of the way. As pet lovers ourselves, we promise to give pets the love, compassion, and respect they deserve.

As a fully mobile veterinary practice, we let pet owners and pets have their final moments together at a natural and comfortable pace and setting.

We maintain a very flexible schedule to make our services available at the exact moment they are needed. Our goal is to provide private, calm, and loving end-of-life care for your pet. Let Atlanta Pet Hospice give you the assistance and compassion you need during this difficult time. Get in touch with us today.

WHEN IS IT TIME?

This is a question many, if not all, pet owners would one day ask themselves. Once your aged or terminally ill pet’s quality of life has significantly declined, it’s time to say goodbye. It’s not easy in any way, but this decision will give a peaceful and comfortable end-of-life experience for your pet. With Dr. Helton’s extensive experience in providing veterinary hospice care and his compassion for fellow pet lovers, he can help you make a confident decision.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

The first part of the visit will be devoted to discussing quality of life issues of your pet and answering any questions you or your family may have. Quality of life determinations are sometimes very obvious, but a veterinarian well-versed in hospice service can help you make a confident and appropriate decision.

The actual euthanasia process is painless and very gentle. Initially, a very small injection of a sedative is given to the pet. Within 10-15 minutes, the sedative will induce a very deep state of sleep. Smaller pets can be held during this stage. Larger pets can go to sleep in a favorite bed or blanket. Once the sedative has completely taken effect then the second injection will be administered.

With many pets, the transition is imperceptible except for the cessation of breathing. Occasionally, there will be small muscle movements as the blood pressure drops, but your pet will not be experiencing any form of awareness or sensation.

If cremation is requested, Dr. Helton will provide body transportation to Heavenly Paws or to your preferred pet crematorium.

If you wish to know more about the process, Dr. Helton will discuss it with you in full detail. Give your cherished pet a gentle and peaceful end-of-life experience. Get in touch with Atlanta Pet Hospice today.

At Home Euthanasia      $300       There may be an additional charge depending on species, size and patient location

What Pet Hospice Is

The World Health Organization defines hospice care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. In my work as a veterinarian now exclusively dedicated to geriatrics, hospice, palliative care and ultimately comfortable, at home end of life, I increasingly find myself redefining myself professionally to closer bring my veterinary care to this definition. Transitions between geriatric care, palliation and hospice are often blurry, to say the least. Providing optimum care in each of these areas becomes a multidisciplinary exercise to utilize a holistic approach to maintaining quality and quantity of life and careful observation of the pet’s decline.

The owner prompted decision to transition from lifesaving and curative treatments to hospice care will have the best results if decided earlier than later but the optimum waypoint is often a difficult point to determine. Frank discussions with a veterinarian that works primarily in this arena will help owners formulate the best plan based on all factors available.

Home Hospice Care

Deciding on hospice care for your family pet is an important first step in providing your loved one with the greatest opportunity to enjoy a prolonged, comfortable time with you while you and your family are given time to adjust to your pet’s progressive disease and say goodbye in everyone’s own way and along their own timeline, in the comfort of your own home. Over the years veterinary medicine has made incredible progress in both preventative and interventional treatments for our companion animals. With these advances animals are living significantly longer and now with similar advances in the hospice care of both humans and animals we now can provide state of the art care for our companions, maintaining appropriate quality of life for extended periods of time while the family makes the most of the brighter times that remain.

While Palliative and Hospice care are very similar, their methodologies and goals will vary. Palliative care may treat symptoms from a long standing or non-life threatening problems while hospice care is focused on the core problem or problems that are causing symptoms and leading to or at the end of life. Every patient’s needs are totally different and on your first talk Dr. Helton he will start helping devise a plan best suited for your pet.

Initial Hospice appointments will include a quality of life assessment.  Quality of life assesments can never be done too early if you are concerned that your pet may not be experinencing the same level of enjoyment of life as previously. We encourage visits as early as possible. The sooner after a terminal diagnosis is made, the more information we can help you with in terms of planning ahead. Sooner also affords you and your pet the best possible outcome. We will discuss your pet’s diagnosis, prognosis, and what is likely to happen in the future. We discuss the common quality of life indicators you can use at home, and help you think about what endpoints you might be considering for your own pet.

Hospice is not meant to replace the medcial diagnostics and treatments recommneded by your family veterinarian only to offer practical and best pratice suggestions and enhancements that will help promote better and longer quality of life of your pet.

 

Home Hospice Appointment with Unlimited Email and Text Followup  $300

Additional Home Visits $100

Hospice Assisted Natural Death

This intervention is most closely related to the human hospice experience at the end of life. Its application is not always advisable or appropriate with some disease processes, but it can be an acceptable option depending on the wishes of the owner and the condition of the pet. The decision needs to be based on a careful assessment of the patient’s condition and ongoing disease processes or systems failure and the level of ongoing care that would likely be needed both from the caretaker and the veterinarian to allow for a comfortable and humane natural death. It should also be noted that many hospice assisted natural deaths do still end in euthanasia when certain symptoms cannot be relieved or appropriately controlled.

Deceased Pet Care

Atlanta Pet Hospice also offers pickup and transportation of deceased pets. We are specially equipped to handle even very large dogs. The pet can be transported to Heavenly Paws for individual or communal cremation or to a crematorium or pet aftercare facility of your choice.

Deceased Pet Removal    $100-200 dependent on size

After Care

Atlanta Pet Hospice is pleased to offer aftercare services by Heavenly Paws Pet Aquamation. Heavenly Paws is Georgia’s first green environmentally friendly pet crematory specializing in gentle,  ecologically sustainable afterlife services for your beloved pet. Aquamation allows you to permanently memorialize your pets remains without harming the environment and contributing to global warming. Besides returning to you the same remains produced through traditional flame based cremation Heavenly Paws can also memorialize your pets remains with many creative options including Diamonds and Crystal Sculptures. Learn more at www.HeavenlyPawsAtlanta.com.

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