Hospice & Palliative Care

Providing the ultimate level of comfort and quality of life for the time that remains.

It's All About Living

Hospice is all about helping your pet to live life to the fullest for the time that remains.

It is not just for the final days of life. In fact, hospice care is best started at the time of diagnosis or the first signs of decline. Having a team in place offers your pet the in-home care needed and ensures you are fully supported.

With You At Every Step

We share our skills and experiences to support you in making the most appropriate choices for your pet.

Our focus is to return the center of care to your home while offering the best control of pain and symptoms.

Helping You Be Prepared

We work closely with you to help you understand what is happening, what can be expected, and empower you to provide care when the team is not present. 

When indicated, we provide families with a Comfort Kit, an injectable pain medication with sedation that can be administered by you in the case of an emergency.

Service Overview

Hospice Consultation

  • Evaluation by our hospice veterinarian that includes one month of medical management and plan adjustments
  • 7-day a week support from your dedicated hospice team
  • Return in-home visits and medications, including the Comfort Kit, are an additional cost
  • Appointment cost will vary depending on service location; please contact us for full details

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pet Hospice?

Hospice care is compassionate care focused on comfort, not cure, and meeting the unique needs of your pet. It is care that celebrates what life remains, allowing you to make the most of each day. Hospice care not only recognizes the needs of your pet, but also the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of you and your family.

When Should Hospice Care Begin?

Hospice should start at the first signs of decline or when a diagnosis is made, not when “there’s nothing more we can do”. The sooner a relationship is started, the more you and your pet can benefit from the support and care our team provides.

What Can Hospice Offer Me and My Pet?

  • Chronic pain management
  • Education about the disease process and what to expect as the disease progresses
  • Nursing care education
  • Assessment of the home environment
  • In-home diagnostics such as blood work, urinalysis and blood pressure monitoring
  • Preparation and planning for emergencies
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Facilitating end-of-life decisions
  • Consultation: When should we consider euthanasia? What is the best way to plan for this time?
  • Pet loss support focused on anticipatory grief
  • Cohesive and collaborative care with your veterinarian and veterinary specialists

Is Hospice Care Just for the Very End of Life?

No, a hospice relationship is appropriate at any stage of disease, and the sooner the relationship is started, the better.

The sooner hospice and palliative care is started, the more you and your pet can benefit. It is proactive care that can start at any stage of disease to greatly improve comfort and quality of life for months or years.

What Diseases Can Hospice Help With?

  • A progressive disease such as arthritis, kidney disease or heart failure
  • An incurable illness, such as cancer
  • A disease for which you do not wish to pursue additional diagnostics, surgery or other therapies in lieu of comfort-oriented care
  • A disease for which you do wish to pursue additional treatments (such as chemotherapy) but would benefit from additional support
  • A long-term disability such as poor mobility, neurological disorders or disc disease
  • “Old age” issues such as a general slowing down, nighttime anxiety or cognitive dysfunction (“doggy dementia”)

What is a Comfort Kit?

A “Comfort Kit” is something we dispense to our hospice families when we are concerned that an emergency might happen, such as sudden distress or pain.

A Comfort Kit includes several pre-loaded syringes of a pain medication plus a sedative that families can give by subcutaneous (under the skin) injection in the case of an emergency. This easily administered injection provides both pain relief and sedation, and reduces any feelings of discomfort or distress.

A Comfort Kit provides relief not just for the pet, but for the family as well. For example, if a sudden crisis were to occur in the middle of the night, families would have on hand an intervention that will provide comfort until the vet arrives for euthanasia or reevaluation, or to provide comfort while en route to an emergency hospital if care is needed in the middle of the night.

Testimonials

It's rare to meet someone who is living their vocation so completely and so masterfully. We were (and are still) awed by how phenomenal you are at what you do.

JoyMom of Paloma

Since all the care is based out of home, Bruce was much more comfortable and relaxed. We were able to put stress to side and get him the best care possible.

KristinMom of Bruce

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