Peaceful Pathways In-Home Pet Euthanasia is a mobile service devoted to ensuring your
pet's final chapter is written to include as much comfort and dignity as possible. We
provide compassionate, personalized end-of-life care in the privacy of your own home.
Our hospice care services aims to alleviate pain and discomfort in those pets for whom
age or illness have caught up. When it is time to say goodbye to your elderly or
terminally ill companion, our in-home euthanasia service affords grace and serenity in
their final moments, devoid of fear and anxiety. We understand the difficulty and grief
involved when dealing with the loss of a pet and we are here to offer guidance and
support through the decision making process.
“I wanted to tell you that you made us feel much more comfortable about the whole
process. The way you handled everything was very gentle but professional at the same
time. Mia deserved to be taken care of with love and respect, which you provided. Thanks
again for everything.”
“Thank you for your sympathy during our time of loss. Your kind words are a comfort to
us as we grieve our ‘Best Friend's’ death.”
“I wanted to write and thank you so very much for your help with Fred earlier this
month. I was so incredibly sad and anxious about the decision, and how the process was
going to be, and you made the experience extremely loving and peaceful. Your calm,
caring demeanor, professionalism and knowledge helped us move through the process at a
pace that was right for us - not too slow and not too fast. We really had no idea what
to expect, and your service not only met but exceeded our expectations. Thank you for
making a day we were dreading into a day filled with peace, love and compassion.”
“Thank you for your help during this difficult time for our family. Bless you for your
kindness and services.”
“I want to tell you, again, how much I appreciated your quick phone response,
willingness to come over the same day (on a Sunday no less) and, of course, your
compassionate care of both Whiskey and me. I really feel it is such an important
service that you provide, and you are clearly the right person for it.”
“Thank you so much for everything. You really helped our family with a tough time, and
we all appreciate your sensitivity and kindness.”
How can I tell if my pet is suffering, and what is my pet's quality of life?
Is your pet able to get up without your help? Do you notice your pet experience
difficulty rising or moving with discomfort? Are they able to lay down comfortably or
do they just fall to the floor?
Appetite and Drinking
How is their appetite? Are they eating more or less than normal? Increased or
decreased water intake? Any episodes of vomiting or diarrhea?
Have they become fecal or urinary incontinent? Do they display an urgency to go
outside or do they need to go outside more frequently? Are they having any trouble
urinating or defecating?
Is your pet experiencing any respiratory distress? Do they become tired more easily
with exercise? Do you notice any coughing or wheezing?
General Pain Level
Do they have a “stressed” look on their face? Do they make noises or groans when
rising or moving around? Do they tend to stay in one location most of the day and show
a reluctance to move? Do they act as if they don’t want to be petted or flinch when
you show affection? Often this is a sign they are experiencing discomfort from simply
Have the sleep patterns changed? Are they having trouble sleeping through the night or
pacing during normal sleeping times? Do they seem confused or disoriented when they awaken?
Happiness & Mental Acuity
Do they seem less responsive to things they would normally enjoy? Do they seem less
alert when you come home or not as engaged? Are they acting confused about where they
are in their normal surroundings?
Quality of Life
Is your pet having more bad days than good days? When the bad days outweigh the good
days, then their quality of life has become compromised. When this happens, it is time
to strongly consider in-home hospice care or in-home pet euthanasia.
Quality Of Life Worksheet
Most quality of life worksheets are based off this one or are very similar.
Using a scale of 1-poor to 10-best, patients can be assessed. Over 35 points is
considered an acceptable quality of life. Under 35 points is unacceptable and medical
care must be improved or euthanasia considered.
Quality of Life Scale The HHHHHMM Scale
Pet caregivers can use this Quality of Life Scale to determine the success of
‘pawspice’ care. Score patients using a scale of 1 to 10.
Adequate pain control, including breathing ability, is first and foremost on the
scale. Is the pet's pain successfully managed? Is oxygen necessary?
Is the pet eating enough? Does hand feeding help? Does the patient require a
Is the patient dehydrated? For patients not drinking enough, use subcutaneous
fluids once or twice daily to supplement fluid intake.
The patient should be brushed and cleaned, particularly after elmination. Avoid
pressure sores and keep all wounds clean.
Does the pet express joy and interest? Is the pet responsive to things around
him or her (family, toys, etc.)? Is the pet depressed, lonely, anxious, bored or
afraid? Can the pet's bed be close to the family activities and not be isolated?
Can the patient get up without assistance? Does the pet need human or mechanical
help (e.g. a cart)? Does the pet feel like going for a walk? Is the pet having
seizures or stumbling? (Some caregivers feel euthanasia is preferable to
amputation, yet an animal who has limited mobility but is still alert and
responsive can have a good quality of life as long as caregivers are committed
to helping the pet.)
More Good Days Than Bad
When bad days outnumber good days, quality of life might be compromised. When a
healthy human-animal bond is no longer possible, the caregiver must be made
aware the end is near. The decision needs to be made if the pet is suffering. If
death comes peacefully and painlessly, that is okay.
A total of 35 points is acceptable for a good ‘pawspice’
Adapted by Villalobos, A.E., Quality of Life Scale Helps Make Final Call,
VPN, 09/2004, for Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology Honoring the
Human-Animal Bond, by Blackwell Publishing, Table 10.1, released 2006.
One benefit of being able to schedule an in-home appointment allows us to meet your
pet and perform a physical examination and talk to you in depth about your current
health concerns without the added stress of your pet being placed in a clinical
setting. Often times the stress of coming to the clinic and being in the clinic
can complicate our assessment of your pet. In addition, Dr. Winnick is able to see
the home environment and make recommendations to the household that may help to
make your pet more comfortable. Our in-home examination and home evaluation helps
to allow for a more comprehensive discussion on what care would be best for your
What is pet hospice?
Animal hospice is care for animals, focused on the patient's and family's needs; on
living life as fully as possible until the time of death [with or without
intervention]; and on attaining a degree of preparation for death.
Hospice begins from the time a pet is faced with a terminal illness and the family
has decided not to pursue aggressive diagnostics or treatments. Terminal illnesses
and the dying process can be experienced with peace and dignitiy, as the pet rests
at home surrounded by its loving family.
Pet hospice is focused on caring, not curing. The goals of our hospice care are to
help support your pet by focusing on providing pain control and physical comfort as
well as educational and emotional support for the family until a natural death occurs
or the decision for euthanasia is chosen.
Treatment is always specific for your pet but may include:
Why choose In-Home Euthanasia?
The word euthanasia is Greek for “good death”. In the veterinary clinic setting,
euthanasia can be a very stressful experience for the pet and family; from the car
ride to and the noise and busy pace of a clinic. Helping your pet into the car and
out of the car may be very stressful if mobility has become an issue. Having to
grieve for your pet in a public place can be very upsetting. At home, your family is
able to grieve in privacy and take comfort in one another. Every pet and family is
unique and you can decide how you would like your final moments with your beloved pet
Reasons to be at home include:
Less stress for your pet
Privacy during the appointment
The presence of other pets should you choose
Choice of location
Privacy afterwards, on your terms
What if I am struggling to determine whether or not it is time?
We are available for in-home or phone consultations to assist in assessing your pet's
level of comfort and perform a quality of life evaluation to aid you in the decision-
Once I have made the decision for in-home euthanasia what other decisions need to be
Where and when should euthanasia take place?
In the house or outside, maybe under a favorite tree or favorite place? On your
pets bed or any place in your home your pet chose to spend their time.
Who should be there?
Loved ones who wish to be present, children if you deem appropriate, other pets
or friends of your choosing.
What do I want to do for body aftercare?
Private burial, cremation or necropsy, etc. Cremation sevices are provided either
communal or private cremation is available. Please see the aftercare page for
What to expect?
Initially we will have a phone consultation to establish your needs and help answer
any questions you may have or discuss any special requests you may have. Upon arrival
Dr. Winnick will go over the paperwork and take care of payment beforehand. She will
greet your pet and when you are ready she will administer a sedative to help your pet
sleep. At this point your pet will be free of any pain or suffering they may have
Once your pet is sleeping deeply she will proceed with euthanasia when you are ready.
A solution will be given to gently stop the heart. This usually only takes a few
moments and she will let you know when your pet has passed. Although your pet’s eyes
will remain open and you may hear a few expirations or see muscle twitching; rest
assured that your pet has felt no pain and has passed peacefully and gently. You will
be able to spend as much private time as needed with your pet before we make the
transition to the vehicle if aftercare is desired. During this time we will also make
a clay paw print for you to keep.
Full Euthanasia Services Include:
Clay paw print keepsake
Pet loss literature
Transportation for cremation
Memorial posting on our website and facebook page
What if my pet has already passed away at home?
We can help provide transportation for cremation services if desired.
Please check with your local city or county as to their regulations and the legality of
home pet burial.
Communal cremation - Your pet is cremated with other pets, the ashes will not be
returned to you and will be respectfully scattered in the crematorium's garden.
Private cremation - Your pet is individually cremated and his or her ashes are
returned to you in a wood urn with an engraved name plate. Additional options available
for additional fee.
Or, for an additional fee, you may choose from the following handcrafted urns made by local
Los Gatos artist, Trent Thompson.
Ceramic Photo Tile Urn With Pet's Name
Flower Box Urn
Paw Print Tile
River Rock Photo Tile Urn With Pet's Name
Pet Cemetery Burial
If you are interested in burial at a pet cemetery, we can help you in making those
Please make a note to discuss this option with us in more detail. We have listed two pet