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Is a natural death or euthanasia better for your pet?

Is a natural death or euthanasia better for your pet?

As a home hospice and euthanasia veterinarian, something I frequently hear from grieving pet parents is, “I was hoping she’d just die peacefully in her sleep”. We all hope for that. I think that’s the way any of us - dog, cat, human, or otherwise - would like to go,...

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Navigating Pet Care’s Impact on Your Quality of Life

Navigating Pet Care’s Impact on Your Quality of Life

Written by Dr. Gina Singleton, Caring Pathways Veterinarian in Fort Collins, COIn this article, we'll explore the importance of considering your own quality of life when making end-of-life care decisions for your pet. At Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice, we understand...

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What to Expect with In-Home End-of-Life Veterinary Care

What to Expect with In-Home End-of-Life Veterinary Care

Being the caregiver of a geriatric pet, or one who has received a life-limiting diagnosis can be difficult and scary. Challenges associated with caring for your special family member, adapting schedules to meet their needs, and fear of the unknown can all lead to...

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Senior Cat Gift Ideas for 2023

Senior Cat Gift Ideas for 2023

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to celebrate our beloved senior cats with thoughtful and comforting gifts. Aging cats deserve extra love and care, and choosing the right gifts can make a world of difference in their comfort and happiness. We’ve compiled a...

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Senior Dog Gift Ideas for 2023

Senior Dog Gift Ideas for 2023

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to celebrate our beloved senior dogs with thoughtful and comforting gifts. Aging pups deserve extra love and care, and choosing the right gifts can make a world of difference in their comfort and happiness. We’ve compiled a...

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When to Euthanize a Pet: Understanding the Right Time

The decision to schedule a beloved pet's peaceful transition involves a myriad of considerations, primarily centered around their quality of life. While evaluating quality of life warrants its own discussion, this article aims to explore additional factors pivotal in...

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Adopting a Senior Pet – Thoughts and Considerations

Adopting a Senior Pet – Thoughts and Considerations

Adopting a pet is a life-changing decision, offering numerous joys and challenges. While puppies and kittens often steal the spotlight in adoption centers, senior pets–those typically classified as seven years or older–offer a unique set of benefits and considerations...

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Why is Losing a Pet so Painful?

Why is Losing a Pet so Painful?

Navigating the Inevitable: Reflecting on the Unspoken Truth of Pet OwnershipWe all know that someday, the beloved animals we welcome into our families will leave us. While this inevitability may not be at the forefront of our minds, it becomes painfully apparent as we...

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Preparing for Fall with Older Pets

Preparing for Fall with Older Pets

Autumn has returned, and with it, the perfect opportunity to assess how your pet's needs have evolved since last fall. Depending on your pet's size and breed, they have aged between 4 and 8 years since the previous autumn. It's astonishing how this passage of time can...

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How Often Should I Take My Senior Pet to the Veterinarian?

How Often Should I Take My Senior Pet to the Veterinarian?

I love seniors. Dogs, cats, ferrets, humans... love ‘em. While they are not all like this, they often give me a sense of calm wisdom when I am around them. Dogs are especially emotive in this way. Of course, I love puppies and kittens too, but I find that our senior...

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Summer Pet Care Tips: Keeping Your Furry Friends Safe and Cool

Summer Pet Care Tips: Keeping Your Furry Friends Safe and Cool

As the summer season arrives, it's time to make the most of the longer and brighter evenings with our beloved pets. At Caring Pathways, we understand the importance of exercising our furry friends safely during this time of year. Regular exercise not only contributes...

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Tips for Senior Pet Care During Your Vacation

Tips for Senior Pet Care During Your Vacation

Summer is approaching, and as you plan your vacation, you may be concerned about who will take care of your senior pet. Leaving an older pet, especially one with special needs, can be challenging and cause anxiety. At Caring Pathways, we understand these concerns and...

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Angel Pets In Virgina Beach

Angel Pets In Virgina Beach

Pets hold a very special place in our hearts. They are our loyal companions, always by our side through thick and thin. We cherish them for the joy they bring into our lives and the unconditional love they shower upon us. As pet owners, we are blessed to have these...

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What will my other pets do without my pet who passed?

What will my other pets do without my pet who passed?

Our compassionate team of veterinarians are asked this question many times each week. The short answer is, it varies. While pet's reactions to loss do vary, there are some common experiences which are good to know when helping your own pets.Recognizing the LossIt...

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How do I overcome the grief of losing my pet?

How do I overcome the grief of losing my pet?

The death of an animal companion is often an extremely difficult loss. There are no words to describe the relationship we have with them; they are our child, companion, adventure partner, therapist and family member. It is no wonder we have such a hard time when they...

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Do pets feel pain when euthanized?

As a veterinarian working in end-of-life care I often hear the phrase, “I wish my pet would just pass in their sleep.” While we all hope for a quick, peaceful, painless death for our beloved dogs and cats, it is not always the case when it comes to natural death. This...

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How do I know when My Senior Dog is Suffering?

Your older dog has been your buddy for a long time. Maybe since they were a pup or perhaps you were lucky enough to find your friend later in their life. You have been able to tell when they were ready for dinner or for their walk. You know when they are tired,...

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AAHA Accredited End-of-Life Care in Virginia Beach

AAHA Accredited End-of-Life Care in Virginia Beach

We are honored to have passed our American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation process to become one of the first AAHA accredited end-of-life care practices in the country, and the first in the Hampton Roads, VA area!  Click the video below to hear from...

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A Day in the Life of an End-of-Life Care Veterinarian

My name is Chas Dickens, DVM. I am a veterinarian and I specialize in at-home end-of-life care, to include hospice care for pets along Colorado’s front range. Working out of my black Subaru, I travel all over the front range from Golden to Loveland, Lyons to Parker,...

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Supporting Children through the Loss of a Pet

Supporting Children through the Loss of a Pet

Losing a pet is a difficult journey for anyone. Although there are some well-accepted stages of the grief process, each person is unique in how they will journey through that process. Parenting our children through that process compounds the complexity of the...

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What to Expect at an In-Home Euthanasia Appointment

What to Expect at an In-Home Euthanasia Appointment

The following article is intended to give pet families a general idea of what to expect when scheduling in-home euthanasia appointment for your loved one. Please give our team a call or send us an email if you have any questions about this process.  Before Your...

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