Peaceful End Of Life Care

Saying Goodbye

At MobiVET we understand the difficult choices that come with having that special friend in our lives, that comes with either four (or sometimes less) legs.

When I (Vienna) lost my beloved family dog, a German Shepherd named Kelsa, in 2016 – Kelsa was sadly put to sleep in a veterinary practice on a Sunday morning, at the young age of 5. As Kelsa’s condition was an emergency and in the weekend hours, there was no veterinary service available to come to the house to help Kelsa’s passing.

So when we began MobiVET in 2020, our main dedication was to provide a kind, compassionate and dedicated End Of Life care service within your pet’s home, or even on their favourite beach.

We understood from the bottom of our hearts the turmoil of the huge lack of home visits for veterinary care in Wales causes for families, and we wanted to change that for the animals.

We are so proud to offer affordable End Of Life Care at home for your pet, we offer this dignified and peaceful service across South Wales, and our service is available 24/7 to all.

Sometimes, it is hard to known when it is time to say goodbye to your loved pet, our team offer specialised Quality of Life Assessment Consultations.

All of our team have undergone Compassion Understood training, this training provided our team with the compassionate skills to assist all of our clients through the process of End of Life Care, also to provide much needed support and guidance.

 

Our Prices for End Of Life Care at home is as follows; 

£225.00 for Small Furries (Rats, Mice, Hamsters and Rabbits)

£225.00 for Cats

£275.00 for Dogs 0kg – 40kg

£300.00 for Dogs 40kg +

*This fee includes the cost of the Home Visit from a Veterinary Surgeon, Sedation and End of Life Care (Euthanasia). 

Out Of Hours End of Life £100.00 Additional

 

Our Cremation Services (including transport);

£65.00 for Communal Cremation (this is when your pets ashes are not returned to you). 

£125.00 for Individual Cremation – Additional £25.00 this includes the hand delivery of your precious pets ashes back home to you by one of our dedicated team members.

 

Special Keepsakes

£36.00 for Foam Paw Print

£32.00 for Ink Paw Print

 

We also offer a specialist selection of caskets for your pets ashes to rest, to include beautiful pewter hearts, oak carved caskets and ornamental figures.

 

If you have any further questions regarding the End of Life Care of your pet at home please call our dedicated team on 01656 523703 or email [email protected]

Please give our team a call today on 01656 523703 or email [email protected] for more information.

 

** Please be aware that all prices are subject to change, for a tailored estimate please contact our team directly**

What End of Life services do MobiVET Offer?
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Understanding the End-of-Life Care Process

The word Euthanasia translates directly to ‘good death’. Although no one will feel that losing a beloved pet is a good thing, sometimes the bravest thing you can do as a pet owner and the best gift you can provide is a peaceful passing.

We have written this document, to provide you and your family with information that may help you to understand the process of euthanasia and what to expect during the appointment.

We encourage you to discuss any requests you have or circumstances which would make this difficult time a little easier for you with your us before or at the time of your appointment. We want to make this experience the best possible for you and to minimise your upset as much as possible.

Before the end-of-life care proceeds we will ask you to complete a euthanasia consent form, this will allow us to provide the end-of-life care safely and legally. The euthanasia consent form will detail the cremation or home burial choice, alongside your choice of return casket for your pet and any keepsakes to include pawprints and fur clippings. Please ensure to make your requests clear.

Return casket options are available to be viewed at: www.pcsonline.org.uk/category/caskets-and-urns

 

Who will be present?

Our vets mainly provide appointments alone, however on some occasions we may be accompanied by other veterinary professionals such as veterinary nurses and veterinary medicine students. These individuals may assist the veterinary surgeon during the appointment and may assist you as the owner in understanding each step of the process. We do not place a limit on who may attend the end-of-life care from your family and friends, however we kindly request that you are mindful to space and safety for our team.

All our veterinary team as empathic, kind and professional individuals. However, it is against governing body guidelines for veterinary professional to become overly emotional or upset during the care of any animal. In some cases, pet owners may take the veterinary professional’s composure and professionalism as a lack of empathy.

 

Is sedation the best option for your pet?

A sedation injection is provided into the muscle of the back leg or into the skin at the back of the neck of your pet, this injection may feel a little sharp for a few seconds, some pets may initially react to this.

The sedation injection is a sedation-analgesic, the medicine called medetomidine provides a conscious sedation and a strong pain relief. A sedated state does not conclude unconsciousness, a sedated state typically is described as feeling sleepy, comfortable, and relaxed – this may include drowsiness – your pet may blink and have some eye movement. This medicine can cause your pets pupils to become smaller in size, this is normal.

In our feline friends and small pets, the sedation medicine may cause some nausea and vomiting, we would advise that in the immediate hours before the end-of-life care appointment not to feed your cat as this may make the end-of-life care more distressing.

In some cases, sedation is not recommended, this is due to several factors to include loss of blood pressure. If your pets blood pressure becomes very low, our veterinary surgeons may be unable to place an intravenous catheter into your pets’ leg. Some pets, which are extremely poorly, collapsed or very elderly may not be suitable for the sedation injection, your veterinary surgeon will explain this to you during the appointment.

 

What is the euthanasia injection and how will my pet receive the euthanasia injection?

The euthanasia injection consists of a concentrated anaesthetic overdose, the medicine is called pentobarbital. Pentobarbital is also used in human medicine, as an anaesthetic for procedures, if you have had an anaesthetic before you may remember falling asleep in a nice comfortable way. This experience will be the same for your pet, however the dose provided to your pet will be a very high dosage that will stop your pet’s heart. Providing a peaceful passing.

The euthanasia injection is provided through different routes depending on several factors. For dogs, the euthanasia injection is provided through an intravenous catheter placed into the front or hind leg by the veterinary surgeon. In cases where your pet has very low blood pressure and we are unable to provide an intravenous catheter, your pet will be given a very high dose sedative as discussed previously and an intracardiac euthanasia injection will be given. An intracardiac injection is into the heart through the chest, as we use a very strong sedative – analgesic dose, we can assure you that this injection is not painful.

For cats and small pets, once we have provided the sedation-analgesic, we will administer the euthanasia injection into the abdomen into the kidney through a route called Intrarenal, this is the recommended guideline for the safest and most calming experience for cats and small pets. In cases where the pets’ kidneys are malformed due to tumours or disease, we may provide the intracardiac euthanasia injection.

Please be aware that all cases, to include intravenous, intracardiac and intrarenal the veterinary surgeon will manually palpate the vein, chest area and abdomen to locate the safest injection administration point.

Usually before the euthanasia injection is administered the veterinary surgeon will ask you if you are ready, at this point, you may be able to hold your pet or be with them as they pass. If you wish to do so, please inform your veterinary surgeon so that we can ensure that you are with your pet when they pass away.

After your pet has passed, the veterinary surgeon may check the pet’s heart with a stethoscope to confirm that your pet’s heart has stopped and that your pet has died.

 

What to expect after the euthanasia injection?

It’s best to be prepared that very often, after your pet has passed away the body can have very muscular contractions, changes, and bodily functions. These are called post death reflexes, however if you are not prepared for them, they can be upsetting to witness. In some cases, deep groaning noises, gasping of air, deep breaths (just like a sigh), loss of control of the bladder and bowel, muscular contractions which may be subtle or violent jerking movements. There are many listed reflex movements that we may experience which are more uncommon. These are wholly natural bodily reflex; your pet has already passed away and they are not aware of any of this.

Following your pets passing away, the veterinary surgeon may leave you and your family for a time to say goodbye. We would kindly ask that when you are ready to say your final goodbye, that you inform your veterinary surgeon so that they can return to the room or property (house visit).

As the appointment draws to an end, if you have opted for communal or individual cremation the veterinary surgeon will need to transport your pet’s body to a secure cold storage facility prior to cremation, in order to follow biosecurity guidelines, we must correctly use a cadaver pouch, more commonly known as a body bag. Some pet owners feel that this distressing to witness, and may want to leave the room, this is completely understandable.

 

The cremation service and what to expect?

The cremation services are described below.

Communal cremation is where your pet’s body will be cremated with another pet. Their ashes will be scatter or buried by the crematorium. If you chose communal cremation, please be aware that you will not be able to receive any ashes of your pet.

Individual cremation is where your pet is cremated individually, alone. Their ashes will be collected and placed into a casket of your choice as discussed during the end-of-life care appointment. Your pet’s ashes will be returned to you between 7 and 21 working days, if you request a specialist casket this may be slightly longer. Your pet’s ashes will be available to be collected from the practice or alternatively we offer a complimentary hand delivery service.

Where requested we can cremate soft blankets and soft beds along with your pet, however we cannot provide this service to plastic or metal components.

 

Our chosen crematorium service also offers a range of keepsakes that you may request during your end-of-life care appointment to include foam and ink paw prints, and fur clippings – these options incur an additional charge*

 

 

We understand that your pets are an important part of your family. We feel fortunate to be able to provide the highest quality veterinary care, with compassion, in the space your pets feel safest: your home.

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