Golden Paws Veterinary Service and Housecalls

Norfolk, VA 23518



End of Life Care


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When your pet is seriously ill and their quality of life has deteriorated, you may be faced with the difficult decision regarding whether to choose euthanasia. If you've decided to no longer pursue a cure, hospice care can give you and your family precious quality time and help you cope with your pet’s decline and/or approaching death.

Instead of focusing on stressful and invasive medical procedures, hospice is a service that's committed to maintaining the comfort and quality of life for terminally ill or senior pets until natural death occurs or you decide on euthanasia.


Our veterinary hospice service for pets is family-focused and medically supervised, providing education on:

  • End-stage disease
  • Managing symptoms
  • Recognizing and treating pain
  • Nutrition
  • Managing incontinence
  • Environmental recommendations
  • Mobility support


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In-Home Euthanasia


One of the most difficult responsibilities you face as a pet owner is making the decision to humanely euthanize your pet when the time comes. Dr. Golden is here to help you with advice on your pet's quality of life and any other information you need to help you make your decision.

Once you've decided to humanely euthanize you can choose to say goodbye and leave your pet with us, or you may wish to stay for the procedure. At Golden Paws Veterinary Service & Housecalls making you and your pet as comfortable as possible is our priority. We'll explain each step of the process and give you a chance to ask questions. Please don't hesitate to let us know what we can do to help you in this difficult time. 

You will need to choose whether to  have your pet's remains cremated, buried, or take them home with you. We partner with (Company) for private or communal cremation services. In a communal cremation, your pet is cremated along with other animals. Because there are several animals, it’s not possible to get your pet’s ashes back.

In a private ceremony, your pet is cremated alone, so their ashes will be returned to you afterward. Golden Paws Veterinary Service & Housecalls also offers private burial at their facility.

We understand this is a difficult time to make decisions, so we are here to help you guide you through each step of the process and answer any questions you have.

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