Counseling Services

Pet end of life veterinary counseling | In-home services for Central New York

End of Life Veterinary Counseling

We understand that it is very difficult to navigate through the questions and concerns when your beloved pet has a chronic and/or life-limiting disease or complications due to natural aging. Stillwaters Veterinary Care offers end of life counseling to help with this difficult time. It is important to us to help pet parents care for their pet's physical, psychological, and social needs. We meet with you and your pet in their own comfortable environment rather than a clinic environment that can be unfamiliar or stressful to get an idea of what your pet's day-to-day life is like and the specific health care problems they face. We will contact your veterinarian to get their medical records prior to the first visit so that we know as much as possible about your pet before meeting them.

During the counseling session, we can discuss therapies that can increase the comfort and quality of life your pet has amd may also extend the time you have with them. We can also discuss whether your pet is a candidate to be entered into a hospice program at that time and whether they would benefit from alternative therapies such as acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, laser therapy and/or nutritional changes or herbal therapies. Stillwaters Veterinary Care specializes in offering in-home hospice and palliative care options for your beloved pet.

We will explain our euthanasia process which takes as much stress and fear from your pet as possible, we will give you guidance and resources to decide when the time may be right for you and your pet, and then help you pro-actively make aftercare decisions so that when the time comes to say goodbye you are able to be present and mindful through the process with reduced stress.


Pet end of life veterinary counseling | In-home services for Central New York

Counseling Prices & Options

Distance from our Skaneateles Location End of Life
Counseling Session
Within 40 miles $100
Beyond 40 miles $200

Service Areas

We serve clients in Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, parts of Oswego, Wayne, Seneca, Madison, Tompkins and Oneida counties as part of our primary radius. Please contact us to see if we are able to accommodate you if you are beyond our normal radius. We use Google Maps to determine the distance from our location to calculate associated fees. To check the distance for us to get to your home, click here and enter your address in to the starting point to find the distance that will be used to determine the cost of our visit.

If you live farther than 40 miles, please contact us to see if it feasible for us to provide service to you based on your location.

Payment Options

We accept most major credit cards over the phone for pre-payment, or accept most major credit cards, personal check, or cash at the time of service. There is no billing or delayed payment option at this time. There is a $50 returned check fee.

Cancellation Fees

There are no set cancellation fees because we understand that circumstances with your pet's health may change prior to your appointment. If you need to cancel your appointment, please call at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled appointment to avoid being billed for services.

Other Services

Hospice & Palliative Care - Loving end of life care for your pet in your own home. Learn More }

Compassionate Pet Aftercare Services - Gentle and environmentally-friendly water-based cremation. Learn More }


Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our services and options.