Euthanasia has always been a part of veterinary practice, but we’ve only recently started talking about the time in between a terminal diagnosis and the death of the pet. Hospice care is a relatively new service in the veterinary industry. People often feel rushed into making a final decision at the time of diagnosis, but for many pets, we can develop a manageable treatment plan to control pain and discomfort, providing a quality, happy life prior to death occurring naturally or choosing euthanasia. Whether that happy life lasts for days, weeks, or months, we will make a plan that fits your wishes and your pet’s best interests.
Hospice care aims to meet the physical and mental needs of the terminally ill or geriatric pet. It begins the moment the pet’s family has decided not to pursue aggressive, curative therapies and functions on the principle that death is a part of life. Terminal illnesses and the dying process can be experienced with dignity, as an animal rests at home with its loving family.
Veterinary Hospice focuses on caring, not curing.
We understand that serious illness profoundly impacts not only the patient, but family and loved ones as well. Here are the goals of our veterinary hospice program:
· We focus on giving pets a pain-free, caring, intimate end-of-life experience in their familiar home environment.
· Our care focuses on providing pain control and physical comfort to the pet, as well as educational support and emotional comfort for the family until a natural death occurs or euthanasia is chosen.
· Our staff members serve as teachers, enabling the family to care for their pet's medical and emotional needs at home.
· Families are given time to adjust to their pet's progressive disease and say good-bye in their own way in the comfort of their own home.
· We make a pet's death a kinder, more intimate experience for both the pet and his or her family.