Defining Quality of Life
How can you determine whether a pet is still experiencing a good quality of life MORE INFO >
The Grieving Process Anyone who considers a pet a beloved friend, companion, or family member knows... MORE INFO>
Helping Children Cope The death of a family pet is often the first death experienced by a child. MORE INFO>
Michael J. Fixler, DVM
Dr. Fixler is experienced in all aspects of general veterinary practice and internal medicine with a special interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He completed his clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania and has completed externships in orthopedic surgery and oncology at Colorado State University. Over the past 5 years, Dr. Fixler has worked as a Lead Doctor in two small animal practices in Scottsdale. He resides in North Scottsdale with his wife Alicia and 5 children (2 rottweilers, a beagle, an orange tabby and a small human -- Bacchus, Cerberus, Cooper, Euripedes and Maximus respectively).
Not all In-Home Euthanasia is the same
At Happy Endings In-Home Euthanasia, we perform euthanasia using the absolute most humane method available. Dr. Fixler has studied anesthetic protocols extensively to create the most peaceful and painless euthanasia experience.
HOW WE BEGAN
The idea for Happy Endings In- Home Euthanasia came to me when I was a veterinary student and I had to put my beloved dog, Hades, to rest. He developed Osteosarcoma, an incurable form of cancer. After a long life of heroism, obedience, and unconditional love, he was euthanized on a cold treatment table because there was no other option available to me at the time.
Years later, it came time to euthanize Hansel, my beloved cat and friend, who at the age of 18 was stricken with Kidney failure. End stage kidney failure is like being lost in the desert without water. I was not going to let him suffer.
I decided to perform his euthanasia at home -- he did not have to be forced into a cat carrier, his heart did not race at the sight of a hospital, he simply went to sleep on his bed as he always did.
I decided that if I can do this for my own pets, why can't I do it for others?
Anyone who considers a pet a beloved friend, companion, or family member knows the intense pain that accompanies the loss of that friend. Following are some tips on coping with that grief, and with the difficult decisions one faces upon the loss of a pet. Intense grief over the loss of a pet is normal and natural. Don't let anyone tell you that it's silly, crazy, or overly sentimental to grieve! MORE INFO>