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Throughout this global pandemic, House Call Vet RVA has continued to provide an essential service for pets & pet parents requesting in-home veterinary care. In order to continue to do so, we have adopted the following policies and protocols.

  • As of 11/19/2020, ALL communication must be done through our WEBSITE. Please visit our commonly used forms page to fill out and submit the appropriate form.
  • If you are unsure of which form to choose, please visit our contact page to submit your request or question.
  • Appointment requests, questions, and all other communications will not be answered through email or phone calls.
  • However, requests submitted through the website will be answered in a timely manner. This is a CRITICAL and necessary change in order for us to continue to provide in-home veterinary care.

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone and appreciate your understanding,

Kaitlyn Hemsley, DVM
House Call Vet RVA, PLLC

House Call Vet RVA is an ambulatory facility and does not provide emergency veterinary care, nor is veterinary care offered outside of a scheduled appointment time.

End-of-Life Care

Ensuring your pet’s journey is as stress-free and peaceful as possible.

APPOINTMENT

In-Home Pet Euthanasia

Compassionate End-Of-Life Veterinary Care

Our pets love us unconditionally, bring laughter and joy into our lives, and become part of our families. Our final gift to them is to provide a stress-free, peaceful good-bye, all within the comfort of your own home. My purpose and sincerest intent is to provide in-home pet euthanasia service, support, and guidance for you, your family, and your pet.

– Kaitlyn Hemsley, DVM

Schedule an Appointment

Speak Directly with the Vet

Quality-of-Life Tele-Advice

Euthanasia Consent Form

Peaceful, stress-free passing surrounded by family and friends.

Why choose in-home euthanasia?

  • Allows friends and family to be present
  • Eliminates the need to transport your pet, which can be difficult and/or distressful
  • Grieving in private
  • Enables you to set an atmosphere (candles, music, pictures, etc.) that is right for you and your family
  • Ability to choose location (favorite bed, outdoors, etc)
  • Home burial convenience
  • Privacy afterwards
  • Other pets can be present, if desired

Saying goodbye is a difficult decision and one that doesn’t have to be made alone.

Saying Goodbye: How do I know when it’s time?

You may be preparing for the future or you may know that it’s time to say good-bye to your beloved pet. My purpose and sole reason for starting House Call Vet RVA is to provide in-home, private end-of-life care in the comfort of your own home.

What to Expect

The Appointment

Saying goodbye is difficult decision and one that doesn’t have to be made alone.

  • Dr. Hemsley will explain the entire procedure upon arrival.
  • If you have any questions, please ask, Dr. Hemsley is there to provide a peaceful passing for your pet as well as guidance for you and your family.
  • You, your family & pet will dictate the pace of the appointment.
  • The process itself is very peaceful.
    • Dr. Hemsley will administer a sedative/pain medication. After the injection is administered, your pet will become fully relaxed usually within 5-10 minutes.
    • Once your pet is relaxed, Dr. Hemsley will administer the euthanasia medication intravenously. This provides for a humane, painless, and peaceful passing.
  • Dr. Hemsley will let you know once your pet has passed.
  • You may spend as much or as little time with them and please let Dr. Hemsley know if you’d prefer privacy or company.
    • Many of our clients that want Dr. Hemsley to stay and provide support after will ask questions and/or share stories. This is encouraged.
  • The last step will depend on your choice of aftercare. Dr. Hemsley will transport your pet from your home for you if cremation services are desired.

Aftercare Services

Cremation Services

  • Your pet will be transported your pet to the crematorium for you.
  • Cremation fees are in addition to the in-home euthanasia fee & travel fee.
  • Dr. Hemsley does not arrive with an assistant. Therefore, if your pet weighs more than 50 pounds, she may ask for assistance moving your pet.
  • In the event additional assistance is needed moving your pet, outside your availability, please let us when scheduling your appointment.
  • Please see the pricing chart at the bottom of this page for fees.

TeleAdvice Consultation

Schedule a one-on-one virtual visit directly with Dr. Hemsley to discuss your pet’s quality of life.

Seeing your beloved companion struggling because of age or illness is heartbreaking. Your pet may be having some good days and bad days. Understanding what they are experiencing and what to expect from certain conditions can be difficult. We are here to help guide you through this difficult time. A virtual visit (via Zoom) between you and Dr. Hemsley will provide you the opportunity to ask questions about your pet’s condition, objectively determine their quality of life, discuss previous diagnoses & testing. Dr. Hemsley will help guide you through developing a palliative care and/or end-of-life plan.

*Please note, due to state law, there are limitations to what Dr. Hemsley can provide. An in-home consultation may be recommended to better assist you and your pet. Dr. Hemsley cannot prescribe or re-new any medications without performing a physical exam.

Pricing & Services

Home Euthanasia $400 within our service area (including travel)

Includes doctor travel fee, sedation, peaceful euthanasia, one paw impression keepsake item and transportation of your loved one if aftercare services are desired. Pet loss resources and notification to your primary veterinarian are also included.

Additional Fees May Apply To:

  • Fit-in/same day, if available
  • Urgent appointment requests, (arrival time of less than 2 hours), if possible
  • Pets over 99 pounds
  • After hours, holiday or extended travel
  • Custom Urns

    Private Cremation

    Your pet will be cremated privately and their ashes will be returned to you within 1-2 weeks.

    Pets up to 49 pounds: $375
    Pets 50-99 pounds: $405
    Pets 100-124 pounds: $475
    Pets over 124 pounds: Call for pricing

    Communal Cremation

    This option is if you’d like your pet’s remains cremated and do not wish to have their ashes returned.

    Pets up to 49 pounds: $200
    Pets 50-99 pounds: $235
    Pets 100-124 pounds: $275
    Pets over 124 pounds: Call for pricing

    Hospice & Palliative Care

    Pet Hospice & Palliative Care is for patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal disease, have an unknown, debilitating disease, or when a potentially curative treatment has failed. The pet’s quality of life & pain management, as well as client’s goals and beliefs are discussed. Dr. Hemsley will review your pet’s medical records and perform an examination to advise a treatment care plan best suited for your pet and family. Some pets may benefit from alternative modalities such as acupuncture, please let us know if you are interested in incorporating this into your pet’s care plan by filling out our Hospice & Palliative Care Form.

    Home Euthanasia $400 within our service area (including travel)

    Includes doctor travel fee, sedation, peaceful euthanasia, one paw impression keepsake item and transportation of your loved one if aftercare services are desired. Pet loss resources and notification to your primary veterinarian are also included.

    Additional Fees May Apply To:

    • Fit-in/same day, if available
    • Urgent appointment requests, (arrival time of less than 2 hours), if possible
    • Pets over 99 pounds
    • After hours, holiday or extended travel
    • Custom Urns

      Private Cremation

      Your pet will be cremated privately and their ashes will be returned to you within 1-2 weeks.
      Pets up to 49 pounds: $375
      Pets 50-99 pounds: $405
      Pets 100-124 pounds: $475
      Pets over 124 pounds: Call for pricing

      Communal Cremation

      This option is if you’d like your pet’s remains cremated and do not wish to have their ashes returned.

      Pets up to 49 pounds: $200
      Pets 50-99 pounds: $235
      Pets 100-124 pounds: $275
      Pets over 124 pounds: Call for Quote

      Hospice & Palliative Care

      Pet Hospice & Palliative Care is for patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal disease, have an unknown, debilitating disease, or when a potentially curative treatment has failed. The pet’s quality of life & pain management, as well as client’s goals and beliefs are discussed. Dr. Hemsley will review your pet’s medical records and perform an examination to advise a treatment care plan best suited for your pet and family. Some pets may benefit from alternative modalities such as acupuncture, please let us know if you are interested in incorporating this into your pet’s care plan by filling out our Hospice & Palliative Care Form.

      We also offer virtual Quality-of-Life Assessments: $150/45 minutes