Veterinary Hospice is a family-centered service dedicated to maintaining comfort and quality of life for geriatric pets or ones that are terminally ill until natural death occurs or the family chooses to have peaceful euthanasia.
Hearing those dreaded words “nothing else can be done” does not mean that euthanasia is the only option you have left. Veterinary hospice care is a unique approach to your pet’s end-of-life needs. The concept comes from human hospice, this specific type of veterinary care is focused on the comfort of your pet, not at finding a cure for his or her disease. It is suitable if your pet has been diagnosed with an incurable illness or if further therapy options have been declined in lieu of comfort-oriented care. It is important to note that veterinary hospice does not include any diagnostic or blood-work services. Our goal is to manage the symptoms, focusing on comfort and maintaining the human-animal bond.
Hospice care revolves around the client-patient-doctor relationship. Understanding your pet’s medical condition and how we can help your pet be at ease and comfortable. You need to know what to expect in those last few weeks, days, and hours in order to make the best decision for you, your pet, and your family. Although we cannot know for sure, we use our medical knowledge to help you make those decisions. We assist you in implementing a plan that will meet your pet’s needs and respect your family’s wishes.
Veterinary hospice usually includes the following:
- Implementation of a hospice care plan for your dog or cat
- Education about the end-stage disease process
- Pain recognition and treatment
- Subcutaneous fluids
- Supplementary nutrition
- Management of incontinence
- Bandage and wound care
There are many things that can be done at home to help your pet be more comfortable in the end-of-life stages.