Vet clinics in Kansas City and nationwide are changing operations to adapt to current events. Many around the metro have closed their lobbies but continue to care for our furry friends through limited or contactless drop-off service and online stores.
The hard part is deciding what to do if your pet’s health has declined to the point it may be time to end their suffering.
Coping with the impending loss of a furry loved one is always difficult. The experience is so awful each time I swear I’m done being a pet owner. Then I find a stray kitten at a truck stop or a senior dog has been orphaned through the passing of its owner. It’s not hard to figure out how the story goes. While some of you are hoarding toilet paper, I’m the one stripping the shelves of the pet aisle. I’m not panic buying (I swear). This is just normal course of business for my house.
What do you do if your regular vet’s health and safety policies don’t allow you to be present during your pet’s final moments?
Very recently I spent a good deal of time and money shuffling one my cats around for tests and treatment, all the time thinking I might have to answer that question. Fortunately, I didn’t – not yet anyway.
If this is something you’re facing, this list I found at Mission Veterinary Emergency & Specialty in Mission, KS, may be helpful.
These are some Kansas City veterinary practices that, as of March 24, were still allowing owners to be present during the euthanasia process. I recommend you call before going to any of these clinics. Most will require an appointment and it’s always possible they’ll find it necessary to change their process in the days or weeks ahead.
Fairway Animal Hospital
Falcon Valley Animal Hospital
FMA Animal Hospital
Mission Animal Clinic
Plaza Animal Hospital
Prairie Village Animal Hospital
Rockhill Animal Clinic