Walking with You Through the End of Life Journey(970) 236-7100
Services and PricingIn-Home Pet Euthanasia
After a final professional consult and review, our Caring Pathways transitional services allow for a dignified and respectful euthanasia. Our compassionate veterinary team is dedicated to creating a peaceful end and will provide the space to honor the journey of a life shared together. Request an In-Home Euthanasia Appointment Expand
Every aspect of your pet’s final care and arrangements is of the utmost significance in honoring the life, and the love, you shared. We will walk you through paw print memorial options, cremation services, and custom pet memorial products. TeleAdvice
A TeleAdvice Appointment with our highly-skilled veterinarians facilitate in-depth conversations using video conferencing to help you better understand the quality of your pet’s life. We’ll also explain options for comfort and end-of-life care. Request a TeleAdvice Appointment Expand
In-home palliative and hospice care helps alleviate the stress associated with visits to the veterinary clinic, and allows you and your pet to enjoy your special time together in the familiar surroundings of home. The decision to pursue hospice care, though not for everyone, strengthens the bond between you and your pet and helps prepare for the passing of your special companion. Request an In-Home Consultation Appointment Expand
Our veterinarians are available to serve you and your pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Appointments at night from 8pm-7am may be limited, as well as holidays. It is our mission and goal to serve you and your beloved friend with timely care of our services, with same day appointments available to you if needed.What Type of Consult is Best for My Pet?
A Telehealth Consult is a great opportunity to discuss your pet’s current condition, any diagnoses your pet has been given, for you to learn how to objectively evaluate and measure quality of life, and to develop a palliative care and/or end of life plan for your pet. This option is best for pets that are being monitored and cared for by your family veterinarian as an added resource to your pet’s care team.
While we are happy to schedule a Telehealth consultation with any family for any situation, there are limitations to Telehealth that prevent a thorough physical exam, diagnostics, and certain prescribing abilities due to state law, so if you are at the beginning of your pet’s end of life journey, a visit to your family veterinarian may be recommended to be sure your pet has the best quality of life possible during their journey.
An In-Person Consult is also a great opportunity to discuss all of the above as well as have a hands-on exam for your pet. This can help determine underlying concerns that should be addressed and if humane euthanasia is elected, your pet’s peaceful passing can occur at the same appointment. This option is best for pets that may or may not be monitored and cared for by your family veterinarian, pets who cannot safely or easily be transported to your family veterinarian anymore, or your pet that you believe may be at the end of their journey but you’d like an objective hands-on evaluation before making the decision to provide humane euthanasia. Your pet must be tolerant of strangers for this appointment to be successful. The limitations of this type of appointment are that diagnostics (radiographs/bloodwork) cannot be performed so diagnoses cannot be made but some prescriptions can be scripted/refilled at the veterinarian’s discretion.
A Veterinary Visit at your family veterinarian is recommended for any pets that need diagnostics (blood work, radiographs, etc…) to diagnose their ailments or for routine monitoring for certain long term medications or conditions. It is in your pet’s best interest to have a diversified care team as you enter into their end of life journey and we are happy to communicate with your veterinarian to be sure your pet’s care team is on the same page every step of the way.
We look forward to meeting you and your pet in-person and/or virtually; please let us know how we can best support your family during this time.
Meet Our Northern Colorado Team
Angel Han, Veterinarian
Steve Zachar, Veterinarian
Emilea Burton, Veterinarian
Kristen Neisler, Veterinarian
Jenette Joseph, Veterinarian
Mavi Graves, Veterinarian
Gina Singleton, Veterinarian
Erin McNerney, Client Relations Team
Betsy Wilson, Client Relations Team
Josh Lewis, Marketing Director
Carissa Lutz, Software Support Specialist
Stephanie Messick, Hospital Relations
“We are so glad we chose this option to say goodbye to our dog and Caring Pathways was amazing to work with. Our sweet girl was having another seizure but she wouldn’t come out of it this time. After being referred to them by our vet, I spoke with the receptionist and she immediately found a doctor that would come out right away. Within less than an hour of calling, she was at our door and very professional, empathetic and kind. She made a very rough experience very calm and peaceful. The service they provide is so amazing and they are very good at what they do. We are so grateful for them and their amazing responsiveness to our situation.”
“This is Kelly and Karen Spink, the family of Miss Bailey. Dr Mavi came to us on this past Saturday to transition our loved friend Miss Bailey to doggie heaven. We can’t say enough about Dr Mavi and what she did for Miss Bailey. Dr Mavi was so sensitive, compassionate, and caring. As hard as it was, we don’t think it could have gone better, all thanks to the warmth of Dr Mavi. 10+ Stars for Dr Mavi – we can never repay you for what you did for our Miss Bailey.”
“A few weeks ago I had to put down my emotional support animal Frankie… it was already one of the toughest decisions and hardest things I had to go through but Dr. Kristen made it as good as it could be considering the circumstances. It was not rushed at all. She came to our home and asked questions about Frankie, my favorite memories, his nicknames, and then a few days later I received a nice card with a very nice and personalized message. Doing this at home let him be more comfortable and not have to go into the vet which no pets like. They then left us alone for a few minutes to say goodbye. She came back in with a basket and I put Frankie in there and tucked him into the blankets. If you love your pet I recommend doing this. It’s easier on the pet and people. And these doctors care and don’t rush the process.”
“I cannot say enough about how grateful I am that we chose Caring Pathways and Dr. Emilea Burton for Sunny’s euthanasia. Dr. Burton was the kindest, calmest, most affirming, and reassuring veterinarian I have ever worked with. I always agonize about when is the right time to let an old dog go, and Dr. Burton talked us through the behavioral markers of quality of life and made me feel so comfortable that I was making the right decision. She was incredibly respectful of Sunny and our younger dog, as well as our whole family. She took things slowly, she allowed everyone to settle into the process and let us have as much time as we needed at various stages, to prepare and to process. It was truly a beautiful, affirming experience and so unexpected for me, to feel this complete and at peace with the death of a beloved dog. When our neighbors’ sweet boxer developed a fast-moving case of cancer a few months later, I recommended Dr. Burton to them as well. On the day that Dr. Burton was able to give their girl a peaceful passing, I had the husband drive by and stop to say how grateful he was that we shared the recommendation and how peaceful and meaningful their pup’s death was, for her and them. (On a more prosaic note, I did speak with a neighbor who had brought her dog in to our mutual vet for euthanasia, prior to COVID, and realized that it really wasn’t more than $60 or $70 extra to have Caring Pathways to the house, but the experience of an at-home death was immeasurably more peaceful and connective, especially in this pandemic.) I so appreciated that we could all gather around Sunny as she drifted off, and that our young dog could be present for and integrate the experience as well. Now, a few months out, I have to say I feel really complete around Sunny’s death. I don’t have any lingering questions about the timing or what she might have felt in her final minutes. That peace is priceless.”
Dear Caring Pathways Team, we lost our sweet little Shiba Inu, Jasmine, on Monday. She was 15 years and 10 months and she likely had a brain tumor. Thank you, Dr. Steve for the incredible care. Of course, it still hurts a lot. We loved her so much and we are going to miss her immensely. Thank you.
Dr. Larry Magnuson earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1967. In 1986, Dr. Magnuson founded Raintree Animal Hospital in Fort Collins and owned the practice for 22 years. After spending more than 47 years as a veterinarian, he realized he wanted to provide pets with an in-home, end-of-life care that was compassionate and peaceful for the pet and it’s family. In 2010, he began his journey with Caring Pathways servicing the Denver Metro Area. In June of 2020, Caring Pathways of Northern Colorado opened to service Fort Collins and it’s surrounding areas.
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