At Home Consultation

Our veterinarians will perform a full nose to tail examination and discuss your pet’s daily routine, symptoms, mobility, hygiene, appetite, toileting habits as well as a other factors that contribute to your pet’s social, physical and emotional well being.

We will also consider previous medical history and current medications to provide the best guidance and support. In some cases, we may be able to offer ways to improve or maintain quality of life and keep your loved one comfortable.

Or together we may decide that peaceful euthanasia is the kindest option. If so, we can support you at the same consultation or arrange for a future home visit.

Our At Home Quality of Life Consultation is $250 for up to 1 hour.

Travel/toll charges may apply for some locations and the cost for any medication prescribed is be charged separately.

Telehealth Consultation

Alternatively, you can speak directly with a Rest Your Paws veterinarian over the phone. We’ll go over all aspects of your pet’s quality of life to make sure you and your family feel supported and confident with the appropriate next step.

The telehealth consultation is really helpful for families who know deep down that ‘it may be time’ but finding it incredibly hard to make the decision. A chat with a compassionate veterinarian offers invaluable support and guidance during such a confusing and heartbreaking time.

Our Telehealth Quality of Life Consultation $85 for up to 30 minutes.

Please note, without conducting an in-person examination, our telehealth service cannot diagnose, treat, or prevent disease, illness, or pain, nor can we administer medication without having examined your loved one.

How does it work?

1
Get in Touch

Get In Touch to see which Quality of Life Consultation is right for you. Our Care Team will provide advice and support on the appropriate next steps for your beloved companion

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Home Visit

We will conduct a full nose to tail assessment at home to see if there’s anything we can do to improve or maintain quality of life and keep your loved one comfortable.

If peaceful euthanasia is the kindest option, we can support you at the same consultation or offer continued support to help make the difficult decision at the right time for you and your pet.

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Ongoing check-ups

If needed, we will continue to monitor progress and provide professional advice, guidance and resources throughout their end-of-life journey. Our Care Team is available for your 7 days a week.

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Testimonials

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Based on 100 reviews
Amanda, Sydney

It’s such a stressful time and we felt completely supported from first contact with them to making that final decision. What an invaluable service The Rest Your Paws team provide for the families of our precious pets who are in their final phase of life and to those pets. Highly recommend.

Isabella, Sydney

Dr Courtney was simply amazing … she took time on the phone to understand our situation with our injured dog and even looked for solutions that didn’t end in euthanasia. In the end we knew it was the right decision to go through with the euthanasia and she came to our house for it. She was so warm, caring and empathetic. The whole experience was so peaceful and calm for our little fur baby, something that I’d been dreading, whilst was sad and painful Was so much more pleasant that I could ever imagine, all because of Dr Courtney.

Jenn, Sydney

Over our lives we've had a few pets that have passed, but your service was something else; very special, extremely compassionate and loving. Thank you. You made sure our boy was so comfortable, in no pain and surrounded by those who loved him... We know it would have been hard for you too, and your sweet caring nature made the service bearable. I hope that others who read this will know that to choose 'Rest your Paws' would be making a very good decision. Thank you again, it takes a very special person with a huge heart to do this kind of work

Tim, Sydney

For the most difficult decision and time of my life, Rest Your Paws were the most caring, professional and understanding people I could have ever hoped. The whole team were kind, compassionate and understood exactly what I was going through. The ability to say goodbye to my sweet boy at home, in his own bed, was the perfect end to his incredible life and friendship to me.

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Quality of Life FAQs

What is a Quality of Life Consultation?

If you’re not sure whether your pet is ready to be put to sleep, a Quality of Life (QOL) Consultation with a Veterinarian will give you the answers you need.

Caring for an elderly or ill pet can be confusing, and most people need help deciding if they should continue medical treatment or face the difficult decision to put their pet to sleep. The QOL consultation is designed to provide professional guidance and an independent medical opinion on your pet’s condition. Our in-home veterinarians will discuss your animal’s daily routine, symptoms, mobility, hygiene, toileting habits as well as a multitude of other factors that contribute to your pets social, physical and emotional well being. The veterinarian will also perform a full nose to tail medical examination, and in many cases, may be able to offer treatments to keep your pet more comfortable.

In some cases, both you and the veterinarian will decide together that compassionate euthanasia is the best option for your pet. If so, there will be ample time left at the end of the consultation to peacefully put your pet to sleep.

Should I choose an At Home Consultation or a Telehealth Consultation?

The At Home consultation includes a full nose to tail examination of your pet and the opportunity to discuss your pet’s social, physical and emotional well being. With in an in-person examination are able to administer medication that may be needed to keep your loved on comfortable.

The telehealth consultation is really helpful for families who are close to making the decision but would like to discuss their pet’s condition with an experienced vet who will be able to help with the best course of action. A chat with a compassionate veterinarian offers invaluable support and guidance during such a confusing and heartbreaking time.

What are the common diseases in older cats?

When our cats get to their senior and geriatric years, they’ll be more prone to various diseases. We’ve written about the types of conditions you might see in your elderly cat in this blog. [Link to Blog “Common Diseases in Older Cats”]

How will I know if my cat is in pain?

It can be very difficult to decide if cats are in pain – as prey animals they tend to hide signs of weakness. We can help you to assess whether there are any signs of pain in your cat. You can also find more information in this blog article. [Link to Blog “Is my Cat in Pain?”]

How will I know if my dog is in pain?

Not all dogs in pain will whimper or whine, but there are usually ways to tell whether a dog is painful. Here’s a useful blog that might help you to decide. [Link to Blog “Is my Dog in Pain”] If you aren’t sure, you can always book an assessment with our vets.

How will I know if my pet is suffering?

It can sometimes be surprisingly hard to decide if our stoic best friends are suffering. We have lots of experience and can help you decide. Here’s a useful blog on the topic. [Link to Blog “Is My Pet Suffering?”]

How far in advance do I need to make an appointment?

We would typically like a day’s notice for an appointment to make sure we are available. If it is urgent please get in touch and we will try our best to get to your home on the same day. We are able to support most same day requests (depending on location).

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