Palliative Care / In-home Hospice Care
Palliative care neither hastens nor postpones death. It is an alternative to prolonged suffering, either in the isolation of intensive care or at home with inadequate treatment. Hospice's emphasis on the dying pet's quality of life gives the family precious quality time and helps the family cope with the approaching death of the pet.
Nursing care provided includes, but is not limited to: providing and maintaining adequate bedding (to prevent bed sores), respiratory care (including nebulization, turning every 4 hours, etc. to prevent aspiration pneumonia), urinary and fecal elimination management (to prevent urinary scald and urinary tract infections), nutritional support, hydration, and physical therapy / mobility therapy (including massage, passive ROM exercises, etc. depending on the situation).
We will work in cooperation with your pet's current veterinarian if there is one already.
More information on Pet Hospice care can be found on the following websites (more available upon request): AHELP Project, Pet Hospice FAQ, Veterinary Hospice Care
In-home Pet Euthanasia
Before veterinary hospitals, at-home pet euthanasia was the norm. With time, we have come around full circle to the human-animal bond and appreciate the value of in-home pet euthanasia. When the time comes, phone or email for further information. You can also go here to read answers to frequently asked questions about in-home pet euthanasia.
More information on pet loss and bereavement can be found on the following websites: Grief Support Center at Rainbow Bridge, Pet Loss and Grief Support Resources
If you choose to retain your pet for at-home burial, there is a more meaningful, organic way with PawPods.
You can create a memorial for your pet at Rainbow Bridge, at APLB's In Memoriam, or at Petloss.com (Petloss.com also has a Facebook page).
Another beautiful way to honor your pet is a portrait by Carol Keyes, a Monterey peninsula artist: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can make a tax-deductible donation in honor of your pet to the California Veterinary Medical Foundation.
*** Are you unsure whether your pet needs Palliative Care or is ready to be given his or her wings through Euthanasia? Please schedule a consultation appointment and, as part of a professional assessment, Dr. Magee will provide tools you can use to assess, track, and monitor your pet's quality of life.
Sterling Veterinary House calls
Dr. Magee is certified in medical acupuncture for cats and dogs.
The specific mechanism of how acupuncture works is uncertain. Theories include stimulation of the release of natural chemicals with in the body or stimulation of neuromechanical mechanisms that diminish pain and promote healing. Local micro-trauma from the needle itself may also play a role.
Acupuncture isn’t a panacea, but it’s another tool to treat ailments and enhance the quality of our pet’s lives. Despite the amazing scientific advances in veterinary medicine, one of the most exciting new treatments may be thousands of years old.
More info here
Many of the more common health problems pets can develop, can be managed in-home: minor ear and eye problems, skin problems such as itching and scratching, superficial wounds, etc.
For your convenience, request a refill of your pet's prescription from our online store here
Policy re: Outside Online Pharmacies
When it comes to your pets’ medications (and YOURS, for that matter), there are concerns about the safety and efficacy of drugs supplied through non-veterinarian channels. (FDA re:online pharmacies). By offering our own online store option, we are trying to stay cost-competitive for your benefit, providing you with an authorized distributor of veterinary pharmaceuticals. As a bonus, your dollars stay in your local economy rather than funding a corporation.
That being said, I will never refuse your right to shop around. I am willing to write prescriptions for your pet’s medication(s), assuming s/he is up-to-date with timely examination and necessary testing. (AVMA re: Prescriptions and Pharmacies). You may then submit the original signed prescription(s) to the pharmacy of your choice. I ask for your understanding, as I will not communicate directly (by phone, fax, or email) with any online pharmacy. Also, I am unable to email a prescription for your pets’ medications to you, as this would be a violation of State Law.
Request a refill of your pet's prescription here
Traditional western medicine as well as natural treatment options are available.
Personalized veterinary care in the comfort of your home.
Keep your pet healthy conveniently!