Hospice care aims to meet the physical and mental needs of a pet faced with a terminal illness. It begins the moment a pet has been diagnosed with a terminal condition and the family has decided not to pursue aggressive, curative therapies. It 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.
Pet 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 Pet Hospice Program:
● We focus on giving pets a safe, 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 doctor serves as a teacher, 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
Dr. Doug LeMay has lived in the Twin Cities area since 1964! He graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School in 1987 and has practiced in the Metro area since then.
Dr. LeMay started the Home Veterinary Service in 1991. He expanded his services by opening the Family Animal Hospital in Fridley. In 2014 he began the process of converting back to a home service concentrating on Hospice and Palliative care.
In 2017 Dr. LeMay completed the first ever certification course in Animal Hospice and Palliative care. Currently he is one of only two veterinarians in Minnesota certified in Animal Hospice and Palliative care.
Dr. Doug LeMay is one of only two Veterinarians in Minnesota who are certified in animal Hospice and Palliative care!
The AHPC Certification Program standardizes and defines the skills and knowledge required of individuals and organizations offering animal hospice and palliative care. Certification establishes a standard of care for these services that will reflect a level of excellence achieved by those individuals who have obtained certification.