Author Archives: Rebecca McComas, DVM

What is a Clay Print?

Memorial objects are an important way for you to stay connected with the memory of your pet.  They provide comfort during the time of grieving and can take many forms.  You may find comfort from a lock of hair you … Continue reading

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A Letter for Your Child’s Teacher About Pet Loss

Losing a pet can be a very difficult experience for children, depending on the circumstances of the loss.  If your family has recently lost a pet, it may be beneficial to let others know that your child has lost their furry friend.  … Continue reading

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‘Quality of Life’ Photo Journal for Your Aging Pet

As a veterinarian who works with pet owners making end of life decisions for their beloved pet, I am often witness to how difficult those decisions can be. I remember a visit I made to a home a few years … Continue reading

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Sorting Through the Memories

One of the best things about being a veterinarian who works with pets at the end of life is that I get to be with pet owners at that important time as well. I went to school for a lot … Continue reading

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Knowing “When”

“How will we know when it’s time?” It is one of the questions we most often hear as we talk with our clients. You may have recently received news of a difficult diagnosis for your pet, maybe cancer or kidney … Continue reading

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Individual Cremation and Your Pet’s Ashes

It is likely very important to you how your pet’s body will be handled after death.  We feel the same way.  Even though the pet is deceased, the body remains as a significant source of connection for many people and … Continue reading

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What to Expect During the Euthanasia Appointment

We often hear questions about what to expect during a home euthanasia appointment.  After several years of working with pets and families at home, we have a good idea of what works best to bring comfort to the pet and … Continue reading

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Do We Always Recommend Euthanasia?

I received the nicest card today from a woman whom I’ve never met in person.  Her name is Tedi and she lives in St Louis Park, MN.  She sent me a card with an adorable picture on the front of … Continue reading

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MN Pets Service Area

MN Pets’service area includes most of the outlying suburbs and the extended parts of the seven county Twin Cities communities.  Our doctors also travel to much of western WI. This map highlights our service regions and will give you a … Continue reading

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MN Pets is Different

A few years ago, I faced terminal diseases with each of our family’s two rescued beagles. We chose to experience the euthanasia of Hiro and Asia at home. Losing our pets was so difficult but being at home made it … Continue reading

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