Midtown Mobile Veterinary Services is a unique housecall veterinary service in Toronto, Ontario. All visits with Dr. Banks will take place in the comfort and privacy of your home. The initial consultation/housecall will likely take between 1-2 hours as there is much to discuss and assess.
The geriatric, palliative care and/or hospice consultation will all begin with a review of your pet’s medical history followed by a discussion of your pet’s current condition or illness. A gentle physical examination and detailed questionnaires will allow Dr. Banks to determine whether or not your pet may be in pain. An at home consultation will allow proper observation of your pet in their normal environment allowing identification of any areas of concern. Time will be spent discussing your pet’s nutritional and hydration needs, pain management, assessment of quality of life and much, much more.
An in-depth conversation regarding your concerns, fears, needs, and goals regarding the condition of your pet including frank discussions about your pet’s nearing end of life and possible euthanasia, where appropriate, will also occur. Feelings of anticipatory grief will be discussed when deemed necessary. Within a few days you will receive a personalized plan for the care of you and your pet. All of the information shared during the consultation will be included in your personalized plan, as well as information and action plans to help ensure your pet does not suffer during his or her last weeks or days at home. Dr. Banks can work with your regular veterinarian to set up in-home care for treatments they have recommended, followed by updates to keep them apprised of your pet’s condition. Follow up house calls by Dr. Banks can be arranged, as necessary.
If you are having feelings of guilt about euthanizing your pet or you are not sure if this is the right time to do it, an end-of-life/euthanasia consultation with Dr. Banks may help make this heart-wrenching decision easier. She will discuss several ways to determine your pet’s quality of life. Your pet trusts and relies on you to decide what is best for them. So together, you and Dr. Banks will evaluate your own needs and concerns and those of your pet. Discussions about the way you may want your pet to pass will be discussed and your desires for marking or memorializing your pet exactly the way you want will be planned. Although these are very difficult and emotionally charged discussions, owners will often cope better with the loss of their pet if they have prepared for it through these discussions.
The following are a few of the reasons to help you determine if your pet needs palliative care or hospice care
- Your pet was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness.
- Your pet’s mobility, appetite, drinking habits, hygiene or behaviour have changed.
- You have questions about your pet’s quality of life and concerns about knowing "when is the right time to euthanize?" or "will my pet pass on his/her own?"
- You do not want your pet to suffer but you are not ready to say goodbye.
The following are a few of the reasons why you may want to euthanize at home vs in the veterinary clinic
- Both you and your pet may be less anxious while in comfortable and private surroundings.
- You may wish for your other pets, family or friends to be present during the procedure.
- Your pet can stay in their favourite spot at home while you say your good-byes.
- In-home euthanasia is a much more intimate, controlled and personal experience which may benefit all of those involved.