|Purred: Thu Mar 31, '11 1:27pm PST |
|I am grateful that I got to come to the Bridge from my comfiest place in the world - my living room - with help from a kind visiting vet. I second the suggestion that mamas and daddies who want this for their furs should locate a vet who can perform this service, and make contact to find out how they work, before you actually need it. It's not the easiest sort of service to look up online, nor is it heavily advertised - it seems to be very much a word-of-mouth arrangement.
It took Mama quite a bit of asking around before she found a vet in our area who was willing to perform a final home visit for me. (If anycat else is in the Philadelphia suburbs and is considering such a service, we will recommend her without reservations.) My family's regular vets didn't know of anyone, but one of the nurses at the teaching vet hospital did.
The vet who came to my house did want to talk to my regular vet first, which is another reason to give yourself some time to make arrangements. Also, she works full time at a vet hospital and performs this service after hours, on her own time - it is completely separate from her hospital job. Therefore she is not "on call" 24/7 even after you've made contact and arranged for her services, although she said usually she can accommodate requests within 4 to 12 hours. So pawrents need to be aware that time can become a factor, and consider a backup plan (like going to the regular vet's office) if a fur becomes acutely uncomfortable or distressed and cannot rest peacefully until the home-visit vet is available.
That said, I wouldn't have had my journey to the Bridge start any other way, and it is definitely something Mama will try to arrange again when other family members are ready to move on.
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