End Of Life Services
Giving your best friend a dignified, pain-free goodbye.
Caring for your best friend through their final months and days is one of the most difficult transitions a pet parent and their companion can experience together. Our stoic pets don’t like to show us their pain – making things for you as their caretaker, that much more challenging.
Knowing what your pet needs if your pet is truly comfortable, and when it is time to let go, can feel overwhelming and uncertain. We are here for you in ensuring your pet’s comfort, peace, and dignity in their final stages of life.
At Seneca, we have seen firsthand the great need our clients have for in-home assistance and guidance through End of Life Services as their best friend faces their final days. With our new compassionate program, we can give you the peace of mind of knowing your pet is comfortable, knowing what they are trying to tell you, and most importantly, when they are ready to say goodbye.
We are proud to introduce our Certified End Of Life Doula: Kristen Black
Kristen is passionate about ensuring pets’ comfort through all stages of their lives. As a life-long animal lover and devoted Veterinary Technician, Kristen has experienced firsthand the great need for professional and compassionate care when a family pet is reaching the end of life.
Kristen has received her Companion Animal End of Life Doula training through the University of Vermont and we are honored to offer our community her specialized care.
The University of Vermont End of Life Services Course advances the skillset of animal care professionals extending to specific care through the final stages of your pet’s life. Kristen has dedicated her life to caring for animals and is devoted to ensuring that your pet has a comfortable, dignified final chapter.
What is an End of Life Doula?
Traditionally, the term “Doula” refers to a birthing coach, but in a more modern context, a Doula is a person who escorts someone through a difficult life transition. In this case, the difficult transition is from life to death for our companion animals.
What does an End of Life Doula do?
Kristen’s goal is to help pet owners know when the time is right to help their companions cross the Rainbow Bridge and aid them in how to care for their pets until that time comes. Additionally, Kristen is dedicated to helping you with the painful grief that comes after saying goodbye to your beloved pet.
As owners, it can be very difficult to see signs of suffering and pain and as skilled professionals, we are here to aid you when the time draws closer to let you know when your pet is ready to move on.
Kristen’s drive to develop this program for her community stemmed from her passion for senior pets and seeing the great need for it at Seneca Animal Hospital. Our team regularly receives calls from loyal pet parents, unsure if it is time to say goodbye to their pet. The decision to euthanize is almost always a tough one, but we can help you understand the cues your pet is conveying and the best ways to help – even if that means helping them pass peacefully.
Kristen is trained to look for important signs of quality of life such as attitude, mobility, comfort, and cognition to help us determine when your pet is no longer living a happy life.
We are here to help you and your best friend, so you can know that you are doing what is right for them.
If you would like to start the conversation Kristen and the Seneca team is here for you: 502-458-1161