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Appointments are scheduled by phone. If you would like to schedule an appointment please call (972) 201-5342 so we can discuss your needs.

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Dr. Rebecca Westbrook

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frequently asked questions

Im having an emergency what should I do?

If you have an emergency, please call the nearest emergency pet clinic.

How can I book an appointment

If you have any questions regarding in-home pet euthanasia service or pet hospice care, please feel free to call or send me an email. I will respond to all calls as soon as possible and to all email’s within 24 hrs.

How does the sedation work?

A sedation is given first to allow your pet to drift off to sleep. It is an injection that is given under the skin, just like a vaccine. The sedation does not take effect instantly: Most dogs start to become noticeably sedated between 3-5 minutes and cats after 2 minutes. Most pets will become totally sedated between 5 and 15 minutes, with 10 minutes being average. Dr. Westbrook does not believe in the one size fits all mentality. The sedative has multiple medications in it that are tailored to each pet’s symptoms and illness providing many mental and physical benefits.

  • It contains a Valium-like product that helps prevent seizures and helps your pet mentally relax.
  • Multiple products that help with pain and muscle relaxation.
  • Anti-nausea and anti-vomiting preventive.
  • An extra and stronger anti-seizure medication will be added for those with a history of seizure activity or with an illness that would make them prone to seizures.

Many pets will show obvious dream sequencing with sedation. Commons signs of dreaming include snoring, light twitches, REM eye movement, leg movement and smiling/grinning. Some of the cats have also shown nursing/suckle behavior.

How will Dr. Westbrook know when your pet is asleep?

Each pet reacts to sedation differently. Not all pets close their eyes. This makes sense if you think about it: We all have heard of people that can sleep with their eyes open, and pets can do that too. Some pets naturally sleep with their eyes open, while others develop this habit when they become sick. When given, the sedative may take effect before your pet thinks to close their eyes. Your pet may be in a sleep state, but have their eyes open or partially open. This is why Dr. Westbrook uses other ways to know that your pet is truly asleep. There is a natural reflex that every pet has, known as a “pull back” reflex. When your pet’s foot is massaged they will naturally pull it back, even under light sedation. As your pet fully experiences sedation they will lose this natural reflex. When your pet loses this reflex Dr. Westbrook will then place a puppy pad under them. If your pet reacts with this movement, Dr. Westbrook will know your pet needs more time or extra medication. Before the final injection is given most pets will need a small amount of hair clipped over the vein. Most pets will react to this if not under complete sedation. This is the final signal Dr. Westbrook watches for when she is monitoring depth of sedation. Occasionally she will have “foolers” that give false indications of sedation. These are pets that just don’t follow the rules. Nothing bad happens, however if she notices (as she is shifting them to get a better view of a vein) that they seem to not be fully asleep, she will stop and give them a little extra sedation.

What is the best way to give the sedation injection?

About 80% of dogs and 50% of cats will not care that they are getting a shot. The others will often show a mild reaction to the injection. Many pets are just not expecting an injection at home. They tend to react like they are stung by a bee. They may yelp or hiss. A few will turn and look over their shoulder at the area where the shot was given and behind them looking for the “Bee”. Typically they will settle right down once they realize the “Bee” is gone. One way to help bypass this reaction is to give a treat when giving the sedation (if your pet is still eating.) A mouth full of happiness goes a long way to make your pet comfortable.

What if my pet has high anxiety or aggression with strangers, or is scared of shots?

If your pet is adverse to injections, or has extreme anxiety or aggression with strangers, Dr. Westbrook recommends giving an oral sedation before the appointment to help them relax. This is not required, but may be helpful for some pets. With an oral sedative your pet will still be able to move and will be aware of their surroundings, but with a reduced stress level. The goal during every appointment is to provide the best experience and last memories for your pet. If you think your pet would benefit from being given an oral sedative, Dr. Westbrook will be happy to give you a recommendation and guidance before the appointment.

What is the final injection, and how does it work?

The final injection is an anesthesia overdose. It is not one of the old products. It will not paralyze them or just stop the heart. This product works by going to the brain. The brain will then tell the body to shut down in stages. There is no “mental” awareness or pain when this happens. What you will notice is the breath will stop first and the heart will stop second. This injection is given in a vein, and is very fast. Most pets pass within 1-3 minutes.

Do I have to stay during the appointment?

During the sedation period, your pet needs to have someone who they are comfortable with present. Many of Dr. Westbrook’s clients chose not to be in the room for the final injection. That is a very personal decision. Your pet will be in a comfortable mental state, dreaming and unaware at this point. They will not know if you opt to leave the room.

How Does Price & Payment Work?

Prices

Prices very by location, size of pet and aftercare options. Please call (972) 201-5342 and we will be happy to give you a quote or you may request a quote via email.

Accepted Payment Methods

We accept credit cards, check cards, checks and cash.

Credit Cards & Check Cards

We use ®Square secure payment processing and accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.

Checks
Please make sure the following information is on your check:

  • current address
  • current name
  • current phone #
  • drivers license #

Cash

Cash payment must be exact. Our doctors to not carry extra cash to make change.

Burial & Cremation Options?

Loving Paws Veterinary House Calls offers two cremation options for your beloved pets, communal cremation and private cremation. We will take your pet with us at the time of the appointment and set everything up for you. If you choose, you may make your own arrangements.

Communal Cremation

Your pet will be communally cremated with other pets and then burried in a pet cemetary. You will not receive ashes back.

Private Cremation

Your pet will be individually cremated and hand delivered to you by the crematory.

The following are the urns you can choose from or you can choose a velvet scatter bag.

Burial Options

If you opt for a home body burial, you need to check with local ordinances. General guidelines recommend that you bury your pet 3 feet deep. If you are concerned with grave disturbance, it is recommended to cremate first and then bury.

Pet Caskets

You can buy professional pet caskets or you can make one. A lot of my small dogs and cat clients like to bury their pets in hat boxes. Another option, depending on your pet’s size, is a plastic tote.