Supporting Our Clients in Their Time of Need

Pet Loss

Saying goodbye to a family pet is never easy. Sometimes nature simply takes its course; other times medical interventions may be explored in order to preserve your pet’s dignity and quality of life during his or her last days.

The compassionate staff of Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic will be there for you during this difficult time. The University of Illinois also maintains a Pet Loss Hotline that is a confidential phone service for families who have either lost a pet or are caring for a terminally ill pet.


We offer the following tools that we hope will help you during this difficult time:

  • Light a candle—Light a virtual candle in memory of a pet no longer with you or in honor of a pet needing support
  • Memorial wall—Memories of your pet hold a sacred and special place in your heart. Sharing those memories can help as you and others going through similar situations.
  • Pet loss library—A library of articles and stories submitted by professional grief counselors and other pet owners like you.

“Dr. Yetter’s professional & compassionate care enabled us to have Lady as a member of our family for over 17 years. Through his knowledge, extensive research, and willingness to reach out, he provided Lady with a long quality life in spite of numerous health issues. We are eternally grateful.”

— Diane & Terry Svob

“Dr. Yetter and the staff at Prairie Ridge have given excellent care to my family of pets for about 20 years. I always feel comfortable asking questions and knowing I will get complete, caring answers. Dr. Yetter researches to find the best treatment options. My cats and dog are family to me, and we trust Prairie Ridge Veterinary Clinic.”

—Janis Blout

“We are so grateful for the hard work and extra research Dr. Yetter did for our Tansy-cat to find out why she wasn’t eating. If there is a time when your most precious friend is ill and you need to trust someone to care for them, Dr. Yetter is definitely that person! He went above and beyond to do everything he could to save our beautiful Tansy.”

— Tom & Bev Berberett

“My pets have been patients of Dr. Yetter and his great staff for many years, and I have always been grateful for their efficiency and helpfulness. Having good care right here in Havana is a big plus!”

— Jan McFarlin

“I began to bring in my labs into PRVC when I started working there, and was happy to have such a caring and knowledgeable doctor to take care of two of my best friends. It always amazes me just how much care goes into each and every animal, let alone the perseverance of Dr. Yetter and staff (I should call them family) in working out how to treat each and every problem.”

— Chris Johnson