Area Emergency Clinics
Other Local In-Home Service Providers
Booking an Appointment
Making the appointment is likely the hardest decision we make for our pets. It is a decision often wrought with grief but made out of love and a desire to end suffering and a declining quality of life.
Check the service area covered to ensure that your location is within the covered area.
Information required to set up an appointment include:
Appointments are booked at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm (Winter hours are 10am, noon, and 2pm). Weekend appointments are available. Appointments can book up rapidly, so it is recommended to book 1-2 days ahead.
To request an appointment:
Calls received after 6pm will be returned the next day.
Preparing for the Appointment
During the Appointment
Appointments generally take between 30-60 minutes depending on a number of factors. It is my desire to make sure your pet has the most peaceful transition possible. Sedation is the first part of the process. This is usually done as an injection while your pet is having a delicious snack. Sedation times can vary due to the disease processes ongoing within your pet. A very small percentage of pets may need a secondary sedation injection. Once your pet is comfortably sedate, the final euthanasia overdose will be administered. Once your pet has passed, I will make a modeling clay paw print and provide a hair clipping if desired. If you choose to have me take your pet to the crematory, I will go out to the car to get a basket or stretcher and prepare your pet for transport, wrapped in a soft blanket.
After the Appointment
If you chose private cremation, you will be notified when your pet's ashes are available for pick up.
Cremation services are provided through Heaven's Gate Pet Memorial Center. https://heavensgatepmc.com/ This is a family-owned pet crematory delivering compassionate care to our pets. I trust Heaven's Gate Pet Memorial Center to take care of my personal pets.
With private cremation, each pet is cremated in an individual chamber at the on site crematory. Most cremations are completed within 10 business days.
Return of ashes is available via pickup at the crematory or return by USPS with signed receipt and special cremation handling and tracking.
You will be notified when your pet's ashes are available for pickup or mailback. Ashes will be contained in a standard wooden urn (type subject to supplier availability) . If you wish to upgrade your urn, you can purchase an urn at the crematory. See the crematory link for examples of upgraded urns: https://heavensgatepmc.com/urns
With communal cremation, multiple pets are cremated together, and their ashes will be scattered in a peaceful horse pasture. Ashes are not returned to the family.
Heaven's Gate Pet Memorial Center offers upgraded clay paw prints and other memorial products at an additional charge. If you are interested in purchasing these, please let Dr. Sue know at the appointment so she can notify the crematory. The crematory will then collect payment directly. https://heavensgatepmc.com/popular-upgrades/
I offer an in-home quality of life assessment that includes reviewing your pet's environment and providing suggestions to increase quality of life or prevent accidents. I do not have diagnostic capabilities; and, as such, it is important to maintain a relationship with your primary veterinarian. This assessment can help family members come to an agreement on timing of euthanasia to help your pet while meeting the needs of the family.
Standard Service Area
The standard service area is generally within 15 miles of Folsom and includes the following communities:
Extended Service Area (add $50.00)
Outside of the Services Area
Includes travel within the service area, sedation for the pet, euthanasia, and a modeling clay paw print
Includes transportation to the crematory and individual cremation services through Caring Pet Crematory with ashes available for pickup
Pets are cremated in a group and ashes will be scattered in the ocean and will not be returned
Due to rising gas prices, this charge will be added to appointments outside of the standard service area.
Due to additional sedation costs, this charge will be added to aggressive pet appointments.
We accept payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card at the time of appointment. Unfortunately, we cannot accept Care Credit at this time.
Sacramento SPCA Pet Loss Support Group
A message on grief from Jackson Galaxy
Stephanie Rogers - Embracing Your Grief
Stephanie Rogers is a certified Grief Counselor and Thanatologist with specializations in Child and Adolescent Grief and Animal Companion Loss Recovery. She has been a practicing Grief Counselor, Support Group Facilitator, Death Midwife, and End-of-Life Speaker and Educator since 2004. Since 2017, Stephanie has worked almost exclusively in the world of veterinary medicine as an Animal Companion Loss Recovery Specialist, providing one-on-one and group grief support to those who have lost, either by death, disappearance, or displacement, a non-human family member. She provides individual, couples, and family/group grief counseling for all types of loss, including Disenfranchised, Traumatic, Cumulative, Collective, Complicated, and Anticipatory Grief.
Clients of Dr. Sue Pet Hospice can use coupon code CARECOMPANION to receive 10% off any single session.
Books on Grieving Pet Loss
* When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing by Alan D. Wolfelt
* Grieving the Death of a Pet by Dr. Betty Carmack
* Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children by Herbert Nieburg and Arlene Fischer
* A Snowflake in My Hand by Samantha Mooney
* Coping With Sorrow On the Loss of Your Pet by Moira Anderson
* Joy in a Wooly Coat by Julie Adams Church
* Coping With The Loss of a Pet by Christina M. Lemieux, Ph.D.
Especially for Children:
* Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
* Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
* The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
* When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers
* I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm
*Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children by Doris Stickney and Robyn Henderson Nordstrom
*For Every Dog an Angel by Christine Davis
*Don’t Say Good Bye Just Say See You by Patricia Ann Brill and Curt Walstead
*The Heaven of Animals by Nancy Tillman
*The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
*Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
*The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog by Eugene O’Neill
*Remembering Baymore by Dr. Peter Gollub and Marion Erard
Insight Veterinary Wellness Center - 916-618-4700
All Creatures Veterinary Emergency Clinic - 916-984-8387
MarQueen Pet Emergency & Specialty - 916-757-6600 https://marqueenanimalclinic.com/
Atlantic Street Pet Emergency Center - 916-783-4655
VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral - 916-362-3111
VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic - 916-652-5816
VCA Mueller Pet Medical Center - 916-428-9202
UC Davis Small Animal Hospital - 530-752-1393
Sacramento Valley Veterinary Services. www.sacvalleyvet.com Regular service area is up to 45 minutes away from Wilton, CA. This includes all of Sacramento county, parts of El Dorado and northern San Joaquin counties.
Faithful Friend, www.faithfulfriend.pet Regular service area includes Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Granite Bay, Citrus Heights, Folsom, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Loomis, Antelope, Sacramento, West Sacramento. Additional fee for other outlying areas including: Yuba City, Marysville, Auburn, Davis, Woodland, Elk Grove, and El Dorado Hills.
Love Always Veterinary Care, www.lovealwaysvet.com Auburn and surrounding areas including but not limited to: Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Foresthill, Georgetown, Newcastle, Penryn, Loomis, Granite Bay, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, Citrus Heights, Orangevale and Antelope
Peace for Pets www.peaceforpets.net Regular Service Area (no travel fee) Auburn, Citrus Heights, Folsom, Granite Bay, Loomis, Newcastle, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville.
Peaceful Pets, www.peacefulpets.vet Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove
Dr. Caroline Compassionate Care, , doccaroline.com Sacramento, West Sacramento, Elk Grove
Dr. Sue Pet Hospice is founded in the belief that our pets are a special part of the family. As such, they should be treated with respect and care at the end of their lives.
I have had love, respect, and a fascination for animals and nature all my life. Pets have been an important addition to my family. We had cats, dogs, and tortoises growing up in the suburbs. Later on, when I moved to the country, I added horses to my life. When I attended veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in southern California, my most constant and faithful roommates were my cats Jazmine and Blanco and, later, Jasper. They were always there to help me read or study for an exam. They always “listened” when I would explain to them in detail how their organs functioned! It is never easy to say good-bye to an animal friend. Knowing this from personal experience, I wish to provide comfort for pets and peace for their families when it is time to say good-bye. Watching and observing and being with nature and animals provides a peace and comfort to me. In my free time, I like to hike and photograph nature.
Sue Mowatt, DVM