The Smith family contacted me recently because they needed some help with their pet, Tucker, who was showing signs of advanced aging. Tucker was having issues with arthritis and it was starting to affect his quality of life. He was having trouble getting around, including going out to use the bathroom, and he was seemingly more restless at night.
I visited the family for a palliative care consultation. During this appointment, I spent a great deal of time with the family listening to their concerns as well as watching Tucker move around the home and yard. We even took him on a leash walk to see how he was walking on asphalt surfaces. These home visits are invaluable for identifying the pet’s main problem areas and addressing small things that can make a huge difference for the pet. In Tucker’s case, pain control and improvement with mobility were my priority.
I was able to leave Tucker’s family with a clear treatment plan and some goals that they could work on with Tucker. The family is still using their referring veterinarian for medication refills, lab work and additional wellness and preventative medicine that are needed. Tucker was doing great on his recheck last week and had even built some additional muscle mass with the walking he has been doing.
I thought I would share Tucker’s story with you to show some of the other services we offer other than home euthanasia. If I can help you, please call, we offer no charge initial consultations.
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have questions or would like to schedule a time for me to meet with you. I perform at home evaluations and euthanasias in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.