In Home Care for Dogs, Cats & Horses
Rebecca D. Young, DVM
540 382 3993
Rebecca D. Young, DVM
Cedar Run Veterinary Services
PO Box 276
Christiansburg, VA 24068
Phone: (540)382-3993
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Cedar Run Veterinary Services

Inevitably, the time comes when it is time for your beloved friend to move on.  This is a decision which the owner must make, but we are always willing to provide our objective opinion of the animal’s quality of life and prognosis for recovery.  Whether it be due to old age, an injury or illness, we are able to assist with the humane euthanasia of your friend to end their suffering.   


Cedar Run Veterinary Services allows you to avoid the stress and discomfort of transporting an animal in poor health by offering in home euthanasia.  This service is very comforting for both the animal and the owner as they are able to remain in a familiar environment and share a little extra solitude. 


After your pet passes away, home burial and cremation (with or without ashes returned) are the most popular means of memorializing your family's friend.  We are able to coordinate cremation services if needed.



Quality of Life Assessment


This tool is meant to assist owners in objectively assessing their pet's quality of life.  This is important for the older or disabled pet that is nearing the end of its life, and the owner that is committed to providing care that is in the best interest of the animal. This scale allows owners a means of quantifying how well their friend is coping with their basic life needs.


If you complete this scale and find that your pet rates at a 35 or greater, speak to your veterinarian about hospice care for animals.  Hospice care is based on the principle of easing the transition to death through addressing pain relief and decreasing life stressors (hunger, thirst, immobility, fear of mortality…).  Hospice is recommended for people and animals that have chronic and debilitating conditions that no longer respond adequately to available therapies.  


If you complete this scale and find that your pet rates at a 50 or lower, discuss with your veterinarian what can be done to address a high scoring category or if end-of-life options need to be considered for your friend.

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  0 is uncontrollable agony;
  10 is no pain
 0 -10     __________ 
  0 is completely anorexic;
  10 is adequate appetite to maintain healthy weight.    
 0 -10   __________ 
  0 is severely dehydrated; 
  10 is adequate water intake to maintain hydration.  
 0 -10   __________ 
  0 is unable to groom an/or remains in own waste;
  10 is able to groom and eliminate neatly. 
 0 -10   __________ 
  0 is depressed, non-responsive etc.;
  10 is normally responsive.   
 0 -10   __________ 
  0 is complete immobility;
  5 is chronic lameness;
  10 is normally mobile and active. 
 0 -10   __________ 
  Good Day
  Bad Day
  0 all days are bad (negatively impacted by conditions above);
  10 all days are good.
 0 -10   __________