Service helps manage pets' last days

  • Article by: ANDREA SCHUG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 24, 2011 - 7:45 AM

An Edina veterinarian has begun offering a hospice service with in-home pain management and euthanasia.

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MILLSVILLMay. 24, 11 9:51 AM

Thank you so much for providing a service such as this. Our pets are our family and to give them a dignified, calm end surrounded by family, is beneficial to everyone involved. My thoughts go out to Ms. Applebaum at the loss of her beloved, Regis.

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alert123May. 24, 11 9:53 AM

Thank you Dr. Randall. You are providing a very important service. I hope you are successful.

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johnbaranickMay. 24, 1110:17 AM

This is a fantastic service. If only you were around a year ago. Having to take our indoor cat out of his home of 12 years to the vet's (a place he utterly despised) for his last minutes just seemed like such a disservice to him. So thank you, and I hope this works for you for the long term...

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Gregc02May. 24, 11 6:29 PM

I'm glad we've got a great Vet for the past 20 years or so that works out of his van, mostly, to care for our cats. Cats hate to travel to the Vet, dogs seem to love it. For most routine things, Vet care in the home is best!

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roxiedMay. 24, 11 8:36 PM

My Father was a Veterinarian in Des Moines, Iowa for years who provided this service - I remember many late night calls for an emergency or a similar event. This type of service and dedication to their profession is long overdue here. Thank You Dr. Randal (and Dad) for your compasion.

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mplsatty41May. 25, 1110:25 AM

In-home veterinary care is a great service. Our vet comes to our home for all of our cat's care, including routine physicals. She also helped put our last dog down, painlessly and humanely, at home. This story makes it sound like there is only one vet in the state that does pet hospice, and it's probably right that there's only one vet focusing exclusively on hospice. But there are other vets that make housecalls and will perform the same services, including pain management and putting the pet down. I encourage everyone to think about it - much less stressful on the pet in its final hours.

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