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Pets At Rest Hospice & Home Euthanasia

Dr. Dawnetta is a St. Louis veterinarian specializing in pet end-of-life care (hospice & euthanasia). Pets & their family will feel at home in our quiet & private Comfort Center. Come see us for a hospice visit, or when it is time for euthanasia. We also offer telehealth appointments, if you would like to talk things through & evaluate your pet’s quality of life before you visit us.

Each person on our staff has over 15 years of veterinary medical experience. After talking with you about your pet, we will offer guidance and confirmation that euthanasia is the kindest decision possible. Your pet’s passing will be handled with compassionate care, dignity, and respect. They will receive gentle sedation & pain medication to help them relax. Once they are sleeping, we will make a clay paw impression before allowing your pet to pass peacefully, surrounded with love.

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Our Story

We have been helping pets in the St. Louis area since 2012.

Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff & her team understand that people and their pets are most comfortable in a relaxed, comfortable environment that feels like home. The Pets At Rest Vet Team is here to guide you through your pet’s end-of-life journey.  We provide comfort, respect, direction, trust, and gentle care because we understand how difficult it is to lose a beloved member of your family. We offer compassionate hospice & euthanasia services in a home-like environment, to help your pet pass peacefully and with dignity, surrounded with love.

Our Services

Hospice & Euthanasia Visits – feel at home with us

End-of-life care for your pet is an emotionally challenging time. When you visit our Comfort Center, we will treat you and your pet with respect, dignity, compassion, and care. Our goal is to make a difficult day a little easier while making the process as peaceful as possible for both you and your pet.

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Pet Quality of Life Evaluations

We will help you assess your pet’s quality of life over the phone (Telehealth visits) or with a hospice visit. Our veterinarian will talk with you about your pet’s health history, medications, activities, food intake, and sleep patterns. They will make recommendations regarding your pet’s current quality of life, ongoing monitoring, and (in person visits only) can also change or modify your pet’s medications.

Pet In-Home Euthanasia

Pet Euthanasia in our Comfort Center

For our animal family members, we have the difficult honor of being able to choose the details of their final day. We have the privilege of giving our pets what many of us would want for ourselves…a goodbye where they can be relaxed, comfortable, protected, and loved. This is our heart’s work – helping families create a beautiful goodbye.

Pet Cremation Arrangements

Pet Cremation Arrangements

If you would like us to help with your pet’s aftercare, we will wrap them in a blanket and respectfully keep them with us. Our crematory partner will arrange either private or communal cremation (depending on your wishes). With private cremation, your pet’s ashes will be returned to you in a wooden cherry box. With communal cremation, your pet’s ashes will not be returned to you – they will be scattered near a pond in the country, on the crematory grounds.


Pets At Rest Hospice & Home Euthanasia FAQ’s

Do you have questions about your pet’s end-of-life care? Being in our Comfort Center allows your companion to be comfortable while giving you the time, space, and privacy to say goodbye in your own way. Please see the full list of FAQs below, and feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions or concerns.

When Is The Right Time?
Your pet is a part of your family, so you care about him or her very much. That means you want to make the ‘right’ decision – but there is no time that feels ‘good’ to say goodbye. When a pet is struggling, no choice feels ‘right’ – so we have to make the best decision possible, in the midst of a difficult situation. Our veterinary nurses and hospice veterinarians are here to help you through that decision. There is usually not just one day where the decision is appropriate, and it is better to be a few days too early than a moment too late. At some point, you’ll see your pet struggling, and you’ll know that watching them get worse is more difficult than letting them go. That is when you know you’re as ready as you ever will be.
What will happen during our visit?
When you arrive, we will spend a few moments meeting you and your pet. If you have any questions, we will be they will be glad to answer them for you. Your pet will then receive a cocktail of sedation and pain medication so that he / she can begin to feel relaxed and comfortable. (Most pets handle the sedation injection about the same as they typically handled their vaccines.) Once your pet is asleep, the doctor can make a clay paw impression (if you would like one). The final injection of medication is an overdose of anesthesia that will allow your pet to peacefully pass in their sleep. Once our veterinarian has confirmed your pet’s passing, they will offer to give you a few moments alone. If we are assisting you with aftercare arrangements, your pet will be wrapped in a soft, cozy blanket. If you are taking your pet home with you, we will help you carry them to your car (if desired).
Our Team

Meet Pets At Rest

The Pets At Rest Vet Team offers our clients comfort, trust, compassion, support, and care. If you are considering euthanasia for your pet, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help you through this tough time. Thank you for considering us as your pet’s end-of-life care provider.

Our Team