What is Animal Hospice Care?
Pet hospice is care for animals by focusing on the patient’s and family’s needs; on living life as fully as possible until the time of death (with or without intervention); and on attaining a degree of preparation for death.
Veterinary hospice and palliative care exists to support dogs and cats with terminal disease or at their natural end of life.
The purpose of the care is comfort instead of curing. This care allows our patients to spend this period of their lives as comfortably as possible.
This care can include pain management, mobility support, wound care, antibiotic therapy, alternative medicine, as well as mental stimulation and adjusting your home environment.
Every dog and cat is different and has special needs; therefore each patient will need their own plan to fit these needs. http://www.iaahpc.org
We will visit your home and go over your pet’s medical record, spend time with you and your pet, as well as perform a full physical exam. We will then develop a treatment plan specially for your pet. This plan will address each way we can help your pet to have the best quality of life possible. Each pet has different needs depending on their condition and we understand how important it is to address all of these needs. Medications can also be prescribed as needed. We will be available for follow up care after this initial appointment. This care may involve additional visits, phone calls, and text messages depending on the needs of each pet.
Communication with your Regular Veterinarian
We will communicate with your regular veterinarian and any specialists your dog or cat has been seeing. This communication ensures that your pet’s doctors are aware of changes to your pet’s condition or treatment plan.
Pet Hospice Care
Your pet is a beloved part of your family and when he or she is seriously ill you’ll have to make important decisions for him or her. Veterinary hospice is designed to help your pet to have the best quality of life possible. This comfort care can be given from the calm environment of your own home. Pet hospice not only cares for your dog or cat, it also helps you and your family through this difficult time. Veterinary hospice focuses on keeping your pet comfortable during this process. We can’t cure your pet, but we can ensure that he or she isn’t in pain and suffering.
Hospice care is an enhancement of your pet’s care at the veterinarian. He or she will benefit from the care that you give him or her as well as your regular veterinarian’s care and our hospice care. You’ll be able to learn what you would like to learn about your pet’s care so that you can help make his or her transition easier. The more prepared you are and the more you understand the process of what is happening, the better you’ll be able to comfort your pet.
This is a very difficult time for you and your family but with veterinary hospice, we will be able to give your dog or cat the care he or she needs at the end of their life. We will design an end of life plan for your dog or cat and address your concerns for your pet. We can help to give your pet the very best months, weeks or days that are possible. There are a variety of treatments that can be done from home for your pet to help ease this transition. We know it’s a stressful and sad time in your life. We will help to keep your pet comfortable and support you through this process.
Dogs and cats are members of our family that deserve to pass with dignity and love. Give your pet the best care during his or her last few months, weeks, or days and let us help to walk your pet through this process.