Pet Hospice, Palliative Care & End-of-Life Consultations

ANIMAL HOSPICE SERVICES

Animal  hospice is a service to aid in achieving the highest quality of life possible for pets in advanced stages of terminal disease, chronic illness or debilitation. It is also a service that assists families in navigating the difficult emotional challenges that arise  during this time. The goal of animal hospice is to help your pet feel as comfortable as possible in the final stages of life. Such care is provided until natural death occurs or humane euthanasia is elected. Animal hospice is committed to alleviate suffering and safeguard the implied relationships between companion animals and their family members. Services to enhance quality of life may include pain management in the form of pain medication or environmental modification. It may also include guidance with nutrition and appetite stimulation along with assistance  with impaired mobility.  Animal hospice care may include the administration of subcutaneous fluids (fluids given under the skin) to ensure adequate hydration which promotes well-being.  Animal hospice care  consists of educating family members about end-of-life care including having an established  plan for end of life wishes and aftercare.

©Judy Williams, earmarkphotography.com

©Judy Williams, earmarkphotography.com

The first visit for hospice care will provide the family with a HOSPICE ASSESSMENT.  This  includes guidance on pain management, a nutritional assessment, establishment of end-of-life  wishes and a plan for ongoing hospice care.   We are committing to keeping your regular veterinarian apprised of such recommendations to ensure that the highest quality and most comprehensive veterinary care is achieved during this time. Follow-up care is provided on an as needed basis, often with a follow-up visit scheduled one week after the initial assessment. Typically, companion animal hospice patients do not have a life expectancy of more than than six months.

The initial animal hospice visit consists of a complete hospice assessment and a plan for ongoing hospice care. Often a one week follow-up visit is scheduled. Follow-up telephone and email communication is free of charge. Additional home visits will be charged based on the medical therapy provided or if medication is dispensed. The fee for additional follow-up home visits for hospice patients is determined on a case by case basis.

COMPANION ANIMAL PALLATIVE CARE

Companion animal palliative care is similar to animal hospice as above however a specific diagnosis or definitive life expectancy is not required.  These services are for those patients who are interested in comfort care only until natural death occurs or humane euthanasia is elected.

The initial Palliatve Care visit includes a palliative care assessment and plan for ongoing care.  Follow up telephone and email communication is free of charge.  Addition home visits will be charged based on the medical therapy provided or if medication is dispensed.  Follow up fees are determined on a case by case basis.

END-OF-LIFE CONSULTATIONS

End-of-life consultations are offered to help family members with quality of life assessment and the end-of-life decision making process. A consultation is provided by a licensed veterinarian who performs a medical assessment and is available to offer assistance in determining the  next step in providing compassionate and loving care.

An end-of-life  consultation consists of assistance in quality of life assessment and end of life decision making.  This service is of most benefit when the need for ongoing care is uncertain.

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