YES! We are still making house calls during Covid 19!
Many owners who take their pets to a clinic for routine care often want euthanasia at home, and rightfully so! Home euthanasia is much less stressful for the entire family, both human and animal. Nothing beats having this performed in his favorite bed, or under her favorite tree, or on his favorite recliner.
With many vet clinics not allowing pet owners to be inside the building with their pets during this emotional time, euthanasia at home is great alternative! With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Karen Louis and Dr. Laura Boeren are still offering house calls and in- home euthanasia services, but with some added safety precautions. Both veterinarians wear a mask the entire time, and require all individuals present to wear an appropriate face mask for the duration of the visit. We are unable to make exceptions. We sanitize between every visit. If the weather is nice, we like seeing patients outdoors (this applies more for dogs than cats obviously!) but understand this is not always preferred… it’s an option.
The procedure itself is rather peaceful, and we are happy to discuss it in detail when arranging the appointment. (We always sedate the pet first with a little shot under the skin, which makes the process go smoothly.) I highly recommend this short article discussing some things people might not know about euthanasia here.
We offer a few different options for the care of remains. Many owners choose to have their pet individually cremated and have the ashes returned to them in a certain container (some options are here), while others would prefer cremation, but to not have the ashes back. We work with two very reputable cremation services, Animal Care Service and Kurrus Pet Services, that can accommodate most any request.
Other options exist as well, which can be discussed. Most often, we take the pet with us after the euthanasia is complete and arrange the cremation. We always make paw prints on paper cardstock as a keepsake, and promptly mail them to the family. Ashes may be picked up from our Belleville clinic, usually in 1-2 weeks. (We call you as soon as they arrive!).
Price for travel and in-home euthanasia ranges from $265 – $325 depending on location and if it takes place during normal business hours or after hours. Cremation is additional, and pricing depends on weight of the pet. To have a pet cremated and not have their ashes returned ranges from $85-$135 for most pets (maybe more for giant breeds). Private cremations and having YOUR pets ashes returned ranges from $175 – $260 for most pets (again, giant breeds may be more).
We are happy to answer any questions, discuss availability, or provide specific pricing! Simply call or text us at 618-327-0417 or you can email us at MetroEastHomeVet@gmail.com