When I had my 13-year-old Golden Retriever euthanized in 2003, I was blessed to be surrounded by loving friends in my backyard. As difficult as it was, I was very comforted having my veterinarian come to the house while we all gathered around Byron in the backyard as he transitioned. It not only made the day easier for me, but it also made it so much easier for him, not having to travel to the veterinarian clinic. Now many other pet lovers will have that same convenience.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) ecstatically announced recently that President Obama signed the much anticipated Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (H.R. 1528). As stated on VetStreet.com:
“Veterinarians need not worry that they’re breaking the law when they do something like taking pills to a remote farm for horses and cows, making house calls for euthanasia, and traveling with sedatives and pain medications in a mobile spay/neuter clinic. As long as a vet is licensed to practice in the state where he or she is traveling with these controlled substances, and is not taking them to a principal place of business or professional practice – say, another vet clinic – the vet won’t need to worry about being apprehended by the DEA.”
This is particularly reassuring if you have a pet who has had any fearful experiences at a vet clinic. It will also be helpful for horses and other large animals, as well as cats that can be challenging to get in the car for transport.
Since my beloved Sanchez is now 11-years-old, I’m well aware that every day is a blessing and saying good-bye will be sometime in the next few years. I’d again choose to have euthanasia in the comfort of our home. Sadly, it’s something every pet parent should prepare for ahead of time. What about you? Although hard to think about, when the time comes, would you rather say good-bye to your pet at home or in a vet clinic? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a comment below.
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