What is Veterinary Hospice? • Is hospice care right for my pet as well as my family? • Hospice Care Packages • Assessing Quality of Life
• Emotional Support and Bereavement • Memorialization Resources • Consent Forms & Other Documents
Determining if hospice care is right for your pet can be a challenge for pet parents. The best way to come to a decision is to schedule an in-home consultation with our doctor and nurse. As a team, we can sit down and discuss your pet’s diagnosis, prognosis, current condition, and quality of life. Let us guide you with these troubling concerns to formulate a plan that works best for you and your pet.
· In- Home Hospice Consultation - $80
· Travel fees (based on distance of your home from our clinic):
- <5 miles – $40
- 5 – 10 miles - $50
- 10 – 20 miles - $55
- 20 – 30 miles - $60
- 30 – 40 miles - $65
An additional tool you may use to aid in this decision is a Quality of Life Assessment. Please see the following link to download and print the assessment. It is recommended that everyone involved in the pet’s care take the assessment individually, then come together as a group to discuss your results.
Once a terminal illness has been diagnosed and the need for hospice care has been determined, it is time to discuss how each family member wishes to proceed. Find out who can dedicate time to the pet’s care and what your resources are. It is also important to learn early on whether you will assist in the natural dying process or choose euthanasia when the time is right. As your hospice provider, we will aid you in this important decision.
Hospice assisted natural death - if you will wait for a natural death, hospice care is critical to prevent suffering by managing pain and to meet the pet’s needs right up to the end. This level of hospice care is very involved and will take great dedication by everyone in the home. It can be a very enriching time as you guide your pet along the transition between life and death.
Planned euthanasia - if you will choose euthanasia, your pet can be made comfortable and your family informed on what signs to look for to indicate the time for euthanasia has come. The duration of hospice care will be reduced, but the level of care will remain high. Euthanasia can be chosen at any time you believe your pet is no longer responding to their medications and treatments.