Quality of Life Consultation

If you are concerned about your pet’s quality of life, please contact us to book an appointment. We believe in the benefit of providing care in the place where your pet feels most comfortable—at home.

Dr. Berkshire will visit your home, discuss your pet’s health concerns, perform a physical exam and discuss the findings with you. Next, we’ll help you assess your pet’s quality of life. We will chart the expected progression of your pet’s illness, and outline the best options for palliative care. Together, we will identify the unique elements of their condition, and create a customized care plan to suit their needs.

In situations where you would like to pursue further diagnostic evaluations or use treatments that cannot be provided in the home setting, you will be referred back to your regular veterinarian or to an appropriate specialty facility. If you do not have a current veterinarian, we can refer you to a local veterinary hospital or specialist as needed.

 

Cost

Quality of Life Consultations (Initial appointment) start at $300 plus GST*

* This covers the initial at-home visit and a one-hour consultation.

Geographic restrictions apply: Available to families living in Vancouver only. Travel Fees apply if you live outside central Vancouver. If you do not live in Vancouver, you may schedule an Online Appointment (see below).

 

Quality of Life follow-up appointments start at $245 plus GST*

* This covers the at-home visit and a thirty to forty-five minute consultation.

Geographic restrictions apply: Available to families living in Vancouver only. Travel Fees apply if you live outside central Vancouver. If you do not live in Vancouver, you may schedule an Online Appointment (see below).

 

Quality of Life Consultations (Online) start at $285 plus GST*

* This covers a one hour appointment over video chat or over the phone.

* Important information about online consultations below.

 

Additional fees apply for consultations exceeding the allotted time period, $40 plus GST for each additional ten minutes.

Important Information about online/phone appointments

For an online consultation to take place, the current law in BC states that a valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) has to be established before a veterinarian can diagnose a patient, give advice and prescribe medications.

For EXISTING CLIENTS, usually this means seeing the patient in person within a certain time frame, most veterinarians consider this to be 6 months in stable animals, less in others. Given the current situation, we are relaxing the usual timeframe and will be able to consult with all clients and patients seen within the past 12 months via on-line consultation.

If you are a NEW CLIENT, you may still schedule an on-line Quality of Life Consultation.  A veterinarian will review your pet’s medical history, discuss their current health condition(s), review palliative care options and quality of life concerns.  The veterinarian will guide you in end of life decision making factors, review the steps of humane euthanasia and answer questions pertaining to your pets health as best possible.  However, in the absence of a physical exam, specific diagnosis cannot be determined and medications cannot be prescribed.

Online consultations proceed by video chat using Zoom.  Phone consultations are available as well.  Please advise which modality would be best for you.

In order for a video chat consultation to take place, you will need internet access and access to a video camera, either on your phone or laptop or similar. We will send a link to your video conference prior to your appointment.