Heartfelt, Compassionate In-Home Veterinary Care
Proudly offering warm hands for cold noses daily
It is often helpful for the owner’s peace of mind to know what to expect when Dr. Coulter comes to their home to perform pet euthanasia.
Why In-Home Euthanasia?
We believe that the final moments of your pet’s life should be free from fear, anxiety, and pain. They should be able to pass where they feel most comfortable.
Our palliative care and hospice services allow pet owners and parents a bit more time to say goodbye together with the rest of the family.
Growing up, my family dog was a white German Shepherd mix named Willy. As a treasured member of the family for 17 years, it was difficult to watch his health decline to the point that he no longer had any quality of life and was in chronic pain. We made the painful decision as a family to euthanize Willy. He was always very nervous when he went to the vet’s office, and his declining health meant that he could no longer walk unassisted. The thought of taking him to the veterinary hospital for euthanasia only added to the stress of the situation and felt overwhelming. We called our longtime veterinarian, who agreed to make a house call. Willy was euthanized on our family’s back deck, where he had found a peaceful place to rest. He was overlooking the fields and neighbouring horse farm. He wasn’t scared or stressed. He was peaceful as he drifted into sleep.
Many years later, I had to euthanize my “heart dog,” Jersey, after 12 years of being her mom and friend. I wanted the goodbyes to happen at home as I had done with Willy. My husband and I wanted Jersey to drift into sleep on her bed in front of the fireplace, and we wanted the privacy to grieve the way that we wanted.
I found the name given to me by the governing board, Coulter Mobile Veterinary Services, to lack feeling and not convey the true spirit of the mobile and wanted to provide the practice with a nickname that had meaning to me and the people that call on us for help. I nicknamed my mobile veterinary practice “Heart With Wings” to honour Jersey, who was a big inspiration to me becoming a veterinarian and in starting this veterinary service with a special focus. I always referred to her as “my heart,” hence the nickname “Heart With Wings.”