What is Veterinary Hospice?
Veterinary Hospice is a family-oriented, medically supervised, and team-oriented service dedicated to maintaining quality of life for the terminally ill or geriatric pet until natural death occurs or the family elects euthanasia.
Veterinary hospice care is a unique approach to your pet’s end-of-life needs, one that focuses specifically on managing symptoms and maintaining happiness for as long as possible. Our goal is to focus on the comfort of your pet, not at finding a cure for his or her disease.
Comfort beyond a cure
This type of veterinary service is intended for pets diagnosed with a terminal illness or pets needing extensive care during a period of advanced age (“geriatric” pets). Hospice care revolves around the client-patient-doctor relationship and aims to support the family in any way possible.
Why Choose veterinary Hospice Care?
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the most difficult experiences a pet parent can face, but deciding WHEN to say goodbye can be even more difficult. You may have already received the diagnosis of terminal illness, or you may be managing advanced age in your pet. You may also simply need more time before your spouse, child, or other family/friend has a chance to say goodbye.
THE END OF LIFE DESERVES AS MUCH BEAUTY, CARE,
AND RESPECT AS THE BEGINNING
Whatever the case may be, there is always something more we can do to help ease the process of death and dying. Education about your pet’s medical condition is the most important part of hospice care. Pain medications and proper instructions on how to use them along with specific symptom management protocol are essential to everyone’s peace of mind.
What is Included?
Veterinary hospice care usually includes, but is not limited to:
- Education about the end-stage disease process
- Pain recognition and treatment
- Subcutaneous fluids
- Supplementary nutrition
- Management of incontinence
- Bandage and wound care
- Oxygen therapy (when appropriate)