Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Patricia Lowe, DVM
Dr. Patricia Lowe was born in New York and raised in Northern California. She attended UC Davis and earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2001. A 2005 graduate of Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Lowe traveled back west after graduation. For over a decade, Dr. Lowe has worked in small animal medicine both private practice and shelter medicine.
While at UC Davis, her roommate mentioned a dog available at the local shelter. As it turned out, he was adopted the same day. But it was meant to be as Dr. Lowe adopted Maddie, a 10 month old Labrador hound mix with boundless energy. Maddie was a master squirrel chaser and always up for adventure. Never too much peanut butter was her motto. In her senior years, Maddie faced liver cancer bravely. She was an inspiration and a trusted companion. Dr. Lowe said goodbye to her sweet Maddie in the summer of 2014.
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet member of the family is one of the most difficult decisions to make. Dr. Lowe is honored through Restful Paws to provide in home compassionate end of life care.
During the last few months of her internship her black Labrador Retriever, Jake, became increasingly ill. She found herself in the difficult position of deciding when to put him to sleep. Dr. Rathjen, like all pet owners, was not ready to part ways with her best friend. She wanted as much time as possible with Jake, but didn’t want to put her own wishes above his comfort. Jake, being no different than other dogs, wasn’t fond of visits to vet’s office. He would get anxious with anticipation of tests or procedures he would have to endure. Jake’s happy place was his bed in the living room and that is where Dr. Rathjen decided to put him to rest.
This firsthand experience changed the way Dr. Rathjen felt about how and where euthanasia should be performed. Seeing how peaceful Jake’s passing was, Dr. Rathjen was inspired to give other pet owners this same option. She started Restful Paws so that pets could have a peaceful and dignified passing in the comfort of their own home.