Dr. Heidi Pulito was born in a small town in Illinois with a great love for animals and decided to follow her life goal of becoming a veterinarian by completing her undergraduate degree from The University of Saint Francis, and her doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from The University of Illinois. She has been caring for dogs and cats in general veterinary medicine practices since 2011.
Over her years in practice, Dr. Heidi discovered a love for grey muzzles and feeble whiskers.
She started seeing a “gap” in her care as general practice did not allow her the time needed to check in and chat with owners going through their pet’s end of life care. In 2016, she began researching more ways to care for elderly pets and came across the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care organization. She quickly joined their yearlong certification program. She is among the first veterinarians in Illinois to be certified for animal hospice and palliative care.
She considers it an honor to walk side by side with owners and their animals through their pet’s end of life care. She provides owners with tools, techniques, and the education they need to care for their aging pet. She is passionate about educating owners on knowing “when it’s time” and providing animals with a stress free, peaceful passing.
When not caring for animals, Dr. Heidi enjoys spending time with her husband and little “Chiweinie” named Eve. She also frequently hosts women’s bible studies and volunteers on the board of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. She also is the winner of the 2018 Dr. Ewin Small First Decade Award given to one veterinarian in the state who has shown a strong commitment to helping others in the profession.
Dr. Heidi is also a published author with her book titled “Victory Unleashed: A Veterinarian’s Tale of Thriving in a Profession Marked with Depression” which was written to support her fellow veterinarians through this career that has many ups and downs. You can find her book on Amazon by clicking below!
You can also find the most up to date information on older pets by clicking below on Dr. Heidi's Blog.
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