Once a life-limiting illness has been diagnosed, it is time to discuss how everyone will want to proceed with care. You should learn who wants to help, who can dedicate time to the pet’s care, and what your financial 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.
Assisting a 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.
Choosing 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 hospice care time 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.
Our hospice team is dedicated to helping you and your pet’s bond remain strong during this difficult time. We will be a stable resource for you and assist in any way we can. As you begin this transitional time, our team will provide the following to get you started with confidence:
Over the phone consultations and in-home visits
Instruction on medication administration, supply use, and storage
Information on disease progression and crisis management
Daily enrichment programs
Help in deciding when the time might be right for euthanasia
Aftercare options and grief support
Pet Hospice care is designed to provide your pet with a personalized palliative care plan that is right for them. We strive to make your pet’s final days comfortable and enjoyable. Treatment may be modified as needed throughout and will include many of the following:
1. Pain Management
Massage and/or physical therapy
Reducing environmental stressors
2. Nutritional Therapy
Providing a proper diet
3. Wound Care
Cleaning and managing wounds
4. Household Modifications
5. Mental Stimulation
Attention from family
If you haven’t done so already, you may call to schedule a hospice consultation or euthanasia appointment whenever you are ready. One of our wonderful staff will come to your home to meet you and your pet, discuss what is important to you, and design the best protocol for everyone involved. Some consultations become euthanasia appointments when it becomes evident that hospice care is not in everyone’s best interest and your family feels the time is right to say goodbye. Each family is unique in their needs and we are here to attend to your wishes.