Home visit with Greyling and her mom to check ears (she needs to see a doctor!).
What I can offer
From experience, I have found that serving animals and families in their homes can include many different things. The wants and needs of animals and people at home can also change often depending on the illness. Each situation is unique and I will always try my best to help in any way I can. Below are some highlights of what I can offer.
Consultation appointments can be good for clients who are new to having a sick animal or one who is starting to show signs of aging. Sometimes it feels overwhelming to think of beginning treatments your veterinarian has just prescribed. I can help you sort it out and feel more confident in taking on new roles of care. I charge $50 for consultations within a 15 mile radius from Northampton and I will stay as long as needed. Included is going over any instructions you received at your vet clinic. We can actually give pills, fluids or injections together if the timing is right.
This usually involves me making home visits and giving your animal medications or other treatments such as injections or subcutaneous fluids. Sometimes families need training on how to administer treatments so they can feel more comfortable doing it themselves.
Often an animal is not receiving any treatments but they may be elderly and experiencing new symptoms. Families appreciate visits during the day or evening if they are working long hours and prefer having someone who is experienced in being with animals in a medical setting. I have done everything from sat quietly observing an older animal for a few hours during the day, to transporting them to an appointment when their family was worried about them and could not make it home during the scheduled appointment time.
Veterinary hospice is now recognized in our country as a viable treatment option for end of life care. I have attended several international veterinary symposiums at UC Davis and have been enriched beyond measure. While I like the hospice model very much, I am not against euthanasia. I am pro-comfort above all else. Hospice, whether for humans or for our pets, involves comfort and compassionate care. My wish is not that you choose hospice for your animal, but that we can work together to offer as much comfort and pain-free existence as possible. I am here to offer you support and compassion.
I live in Northampton and will happily travel in and around the Valley to see you. You may call me at any hour since sometimes, we start worrying when we get home from work when the local veterinary clinic may have just closed. Or at bedtime when your cat's breathing seems more labored and you are thinking, "Why NOW?" If you need help figuring out whether you need to make a trip to the emergency facility, I am happy to provide that service. I do not mind accompanying you to the clinic or hospital if needed.
I also do pet sitting on a limited basis. Especially if it is for an older animal with medical needs and I am already familiar with him or her.
From my description of some of the services I provide, you can see that costs will vary. I have always been told that my pricing is very reasonable. I will charge more if I have to travel further to see you or if I am coming to see you during the evening or night. Am I giving treatments? Taking your animal to a vet appointment? Or coming over to help her go for a walk with her harness, and just observing her for an hour and keeping her company? Are there many treatments or only one? These are some of the cost variables.
If you have specific questions or would like to meet me, please use my contact page to send me a message or call. Again, I want you to feel free to call me at any time, day or night. I look forward to the honor of meeting you and your animals.