Empathetic End-of-Life Care for Pets
LESLIE AND RAE
From the time we first learned that our beloved Riley was sick until to our final goodbye, Dr. H was empathetic, professional, honest, and loving. She got to know us, taking the time to observe our little family and basing all recommendations on what was most important to us about Riley’s end of life. Even in the moment of the heartbreaking decision, she offered support and reassurance that made the unthinkable easier. We are forever grateful for her service to our beloved pet. She is a gift.
Saying goodbye to my beloved Gizmo was harder than I ever imagined, but Dr H had a way of creating light on one of my darkest days. She treated both me and my Gizzy with patience, compassion, and empathy; I felt supported and reassured from our first phone call to the very end. Having the option of a veterinarian coming to my home made the process of letting go that much easier. I could not recommend anyone more in the Denver Metro area. She is truly AMAZING!
One of the greatest gifts we can give our beloved pets is a send-off full of love, dignity, and togetherness. Dr. H's compassionate care makes that possible. Her palliative care plan was thorough and personalized, with incredible attention to detail. She was very attentive when it came to follow-up questions and concerns. She got to know my best friend Atticus and loved him as though he was her own. When it was time to say goodbye, Dr. H's gentle and big-hearted care made it so my big guy could go peacefully and feeling so much love. She was also so kind, patient, and comforting to the humans who were there to support Atticus. I am so grateful that she made his last moments so soothing and serene
Words can’t describe what Dr. H meant to me and Parker during his final months. I had just moved to Denver towards the end of the pandemic and was heartbroken that vets weren’t allowing people in with their pets. I found Dr. H through a Google search and instantly felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. In the last couple months with Parker, she made sure we were both comfortable; Parker with his medication dosages and me with any final decisions. She visited, she called, she sent texts and emails; we laughed together, we cried together, and she loved on Parker like she had known him his whole life. I don’t know how I would have gotten through the last couple months without her and I’ll never be able to thank her enough.
From the moment Dr. H entered my home, her peaceful and confident demeanor helped our stress levels to drop. My sons and I were very upset about our beloved 15-year old Schnauzer who had been declining rapidly. We didn’t know if we were doing the right thing for him. Dr. H got down on the floor with our dog and explained how he was suffering, and she recommended that it was his time. We felt that Dr. H had our backs on this and this lifted a great weight off of us. It was a very difficult thing to go through, but to be in our own home, holding our dog, was the best way possible. Dr H was so compassionate, she treated our dog with love and respect.
This ardent soul is attentive and compassionate with her entire being. I've been lucky enough to work alongside Dr. Howells for several years. She has the innate ability to truly connect and bond with her patients, and this translates strongly in her care. Prioritizing a fear-free environment has always impressed me, and has made me a huge fan of her as a human and a doctor. Any patient in Dr. Howells' care will receive the tenderness and love of someone who truly respects and honors her patients and the unquestionable bond shared within their family.
I have known H for years and she is one of those people you instantly feel like you’ve known your entire life. We met at work and she has always been a joy to be around. Numerous times I have been with her to say good-bye to one of our patients, and the amount of love she has for them is immeasurable. That’s why, when it was time to say good-bye to my own old dachshund, I immediately thought of her. She came with love, laughter, and tears during a really hard moment. For my pup, though, for all knew, he was with us and just getting tons of peanut butter, burgers and chocolate. He felt just a small pinch before getting very sleepy. My husband held his life-long friend on his lap for his final moments, knowing he was surrounded by love from all of us. I will always treasure those moments, and that was because of H’s compassion throughout.
As I mourn the loss of my sweet cat, Gus, I am comforted that Dr. H gave him a peaceful passing at home. It was the best decision I made for my boy. I am grateful that Dr. H provided her caring support and the love she showed Gus. I knew she understood my pain. I appreciated her follow-up call to check in with me. Within a couple of weeks, her assistant gave me Gus’s ashes and paw imprint and also expressed her sympathy. I’m thankful Dr. H has the kindness in her heart to provide this service and that she was there for Gus.