A Houston vet service provides in-home pet hospice and euthanasia care

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HOUSTON, TX - There's no place like home, for you and your pets. That's why there are vets that make house calls, to give comfort your trusted companion when they've just about run out of their nine lives. Dr. Christie Cornelius, President of Last Wishes says, "We provide end of life care services for pets."

The in-home pet hospice and euthanasia service, offers care to your terminally ill little buddies in the privacy of your own house. In business for a little over three and a half years, Last Wishes has provided care for about 3 thousand animals all around the Houston area. Pets and their people housemates, love the vet visits. Just ask almost 21-year-old, three-legged cat, Petunia. Actually her mom, Jan Peterson, says, "I thought what a great service, cause cats aren't notoriously the best vet patients. And so to find somebody who's willing to come to the house and take care of them, in their setting, is to me invaluable."

Molly, a 14-year-old golden retriever, is also receiving treatment. The vets, with a help of a high-tech laser, just make sure this senior pooch is comfortable. Dr. Cornelius says, "It's a deep penetrating laser. The Houston Texans use a unit very similar to ours. When you put it on the area itself, it penetrates all the tissues to help repair damaged cells."

The Last Wishes service costs about 20% more than going to the vet. But when the difficult time finally does arrive,  for many, saying goodbye to their beloved pet in their own home is priceless.