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about

 

Old Souls was founded after years of helping friends and family with end-of-life care for their beloved animal companions.  I felt honored to be a part of this important time in their lives and was passionate about making their remaining time together as happy and healthy as possible, both physically and emotionally. 

After working in small animal practice for most of my career, I have always been conscious of the growing need for veterinary hospice and in-home euthanasia services. Giving clients the option to avoid a trip to the hospital during this sensitive time was something I have always felt very strongly about.  

My first home euthanasia patient was Franz, my beloved 18-year-old cat who had succumbed to renal failure. I remember thinking how I couldn't imagine subjecting my sweet boy to any stress at that point in his fragile life after everything we had been through together. Instead, we spent the entire day together napping, cuddling, and reminiscing. I brought him outside one last time so he could see the view from our moss covered porch that he had spent so many sunny days lounging upon. When the time was right, Franz passed peacefully by my side.

The entire experience was beautiful, calm and serene. At that moment, I wished every companion animal and their humans could experience the same, so I helped several friends and family in similar situations over the years.

 

 

As an animal lover and long time rescuer, I know all too well the anxiety and anticipatory grief you are experiencing as you contemplate the next step(s) for your companion. I am devoted to helping you make the best decision at the best time for your companion and your family.

My mission is to provide compassionate and conscientious geriatric, hospice and end-of-life veterinary care and to help with a peaceful and dignified journey in the comfort of your loving home. I can also assist with gentle delivery of your animal companion to the crematory closest to your home.

I work with most small animal species including cats, dogs, rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, as well as chickens, pigeons, parakeets, cockatiels, and other small companion birds. I'm licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of New York, so I'm limited to clients in New York only. I maintain membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. In addition, I have been an Educator for the House Rabbit Society for over 25 years. I look forward to meeting and helping you and your furry or feathered friend.

~Laura George, DVM

 
 
 
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Services

 
 

Hospice consultation

Your first hospice visit will last one to 1.5 hours and includes a full physical exam, review of past and current treatment/diagnoses, discussion of available ongoing supportive care options, pain management, nutrition counseling, wound care, fluid therapy, and guidance on determining quality of life issues moving forward.

Together we will address all of your concerns and formulate a plan that makes you feel comfortable knowing you are doing everything possible and in the best interest of your companion.

After our initial visit, I can meet with you weekly, monthly, or on an as-needed basis depending on your needs.

 

Laser therapy

Laser therapy is very useful in reducing inflammation and pain, and facilitates wound healing.  Hospice patients who will benefit most from laser therapy are geriatric, arthritic, semi- or fully paralyzed, or have wounds from excessive time spent reclining or sleeping.

In most cases, three laser treatments the first week followed by two the second week and once a week thereafter yield the best results. However, results may vary from patient to patient.

in-home euthanasia

When your friend begins to have fewer and fewer good days and you have made the decision to help him or her pass peacefully in the comfort of your home, I will arrive at our agreed upon time.  You are free to choose any place in your home that is comfortable and quiet for you and your human and animal family members.  

Shortly after I arrive, I will ask you to sign all necessary authorization paperwork and aftercare forms, as well as take care of any payment. I have found it is easier to get these things out of the way first, so that there is no interruption or separation at the end of our visit.

When you are ready, I will administer a pain/sedative medication.  The sedative usually takes effect within ten minutes and will make your companion feel very relaxed and eventually fall into a deep sleep. When he or she is extremely relaxed and you are ready, I will administer the final intravenous injection which takes effect quickly.

Some family members may not feel comfortable being present for all stages of the euthanasia, so I urge everyone to decide whether or not to be present or absent for any part of the process. Afterward, I will carry out your plans for aftercare according to your wishes. If you would like a clay paw print or fur keepsake, I am happy to prepare those for you at that time, as well.

 
 
Dr. George helped us make the most compassionate decisions to keep our geriatric bunny, Sophie, comfortable during the last few months of her life. Sometimes it was difficult to sort through all of our feelings, but Dr. George helped guide us and evaluate her quality of life at every step of the way. Our biggest fear was always the “final drive” to the clinic and we were fortunate to be able to avoid that experience. Dr. George came to our house and helped her pass peacefully surrounded by everyone who loved her. We are so grateful for Dr. George’s compassion, care, and gentle touch.
— Donna, NY
 
 
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 rates

 

cash, PayPal & Checks accepted

 

$150...

hospice consultation

Appointments are offered on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, between 11am and 6pm. Please have copies of any medical records or previous bloodwork available if possible.

$300...

in-home euthanasia

Appointments are offered on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, between 11am and 6pm. We will discuss your plans for aftercare over the phone prior to my visit.

 

 

$75...

hospice follow-up visit

Follow-up visits are often necessary to reassess needs as time goes on. Follow-up visits run up to one hour, during which time I will be happy to answer any questions and address your concerns. 

$35...

laser treatment (add-on)

Laser treatment can be performed during any hospice consultation or follow-up visit and takes approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the number of sites treated.

 

 

$30...

group cremation

With group cremation, ashes will not be returned to you. Price varies according to weight ($30 up to 100lbs). If you prefer, I can deliver your pet to Cornell University's HydroCremation Service for an additional fee of $100.  Otherwise, additional information can be found on Cornell's website here.

Aftercare options for NYC patients will be discussed during our phone conversation.

$100...

individual cremation

If you prefer to keep the ashes of your pet, individual cremation is the option you must choose. Price varies according to weight ($100 up to 100lbs) and style of box or urn chosen. If you prefer, I can deliver your pet to Cornell University's HydroCremation Service for an additional fee of $100.  Otherwise, additional information can be found on Cornell's website here

Aftercare options for NYC patients will be discussed during our phone conversation.

 
 
When Smokey, our cat, was diagnosed with advanced renal failure, we were devastated and filled with anxiety. We called Dr. George when it was time. Her calm presence and empathy for what we were going through made the experience very peaceful while reassuring us that we were making the right decision at the right time. Smokey passed very peacefully surrounded by the love of her human and feline family—we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Dr. George even gave us a beautiful snippet of her fur and a paw print keepsake that we cherish.
— Karen & Rick, NY
 
 
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Locations

 
 

Ithaca, OWeGO, Binghamton,
NY & surrounding areas      

Appointments are available in New York state within a 30-mile driving distance from Candor, NY 13743. Locations outside that distance will be considered schedule permitting and for an additional mileage fee.

Currently, appointments are held on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, between 11am and 6pm. 

Please call, email, text or fill out the Contact Us form and be sure to include your location, urgency, size and species of your pet, and any other pertinent details.

Texting is the fastest way to reach me, and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that while in an appointment, my cell phone will be turned off.

 

 


 

New York City

Limited appointments are available for New York City. You may also email, text or fill out the Contact Us form and be sure to include your address, urgency, and size and species of your pet. Extra charges may apply based on scheduling requirements.

 

Dr. George is the most compassionate veterinarian I have ever encountered. The euthanasia procedure was done in the most loving manner, within the comfort and security of our home, with familiar sounds and smells (our dog was blind). Our other pets were allowed to be present and there was no time pressure as we said our final goodbye. Our boy passed surrounded by his family in a blanket of love. Dr. George makes the worst of days alot easier.
— Kelly, NY
 
 
 
 
 
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In Memoriam

 

Coming soon. . .

 
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CONTACT US

 

I can be reached by text, phone, email, or via the contact form below. Please tell me about your needs and your location and I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible:

Call/Text/Email Hours & Appointment Times:
Monday: 11am-6pm
Saturday: 11am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-6pm

Phone calls, texts, and emails will only be answered during the hours stated above.

Laura George, DVM
PO Box 664
Candor, NY 13743
email: oldsoulsvet@gmail.com
Tel:  607-229-4610