Quality of life at the end of life
Hospice—providing end-of-life comfort—is a familiar concept in human medicine. We would like you to know that it’s also available for our beloved pets.
Hospice is a program of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. When your pet is facing old age or incurable illness, you may decide that you want to keep your companion at home until the end. If so, we can teach you to provide the care necessary to keep him or her comfortable.
We’re here to support you and your pet
Hospice facilities for animals are scattered across the country. Without a veterinary hospice nearby, home hospice care is a very viable option. With our help, you can do what is necessary to keep your pet comfortable and pain free as long as possible.
What to expect
Depending on your pet’s illness and condition, we may recommend that try one or more of the approaches below. If you cannot do these things alone, we may be able to have a technician come to your home to provide care, or you can bring your pet to the clinic for treatment. This might include:
- Pain medication to keep your pet comfortable.
- Subcutaneous fluids (administered under the skin) to keep your pet hydrated and comfortable if he or she is not eating or drinking well.
- Diapers/sanitary garments if your pet has lost bladder and/or bowel control. Cloth and disposable options are available.
- Support devices, such as slings or the Upside-Down Harness, if your pet has limited or lost mobility.
- Specialized bedding that supports and cushions your pet
When the time comes, contact our office for information on how to prepare for your pet’s final days. Taking care of a terminally ill pet can be difficulty physically and emotionally, but we are here to support you every step of the way.
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