Veterinary Hospice, Palliative Care & Quality of Life Consultations
VETERINARY HOSPICE SERVICES
Veterinary 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 veterinary 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. Veterinary hospice is committed to alleviate suffering and safeguard the vital relationships between companion animals and their family members.
VETERINARY PALLIATIVE CARE
Veterinary palliative care is similar to veterinary hospice as above, however a specific diagnosis or limited life expectancy is not required. Veterinary palliative care places great emphasis on symptom management and quality of life enhancement as does veterinary hospice. Veterinary hospice care is palliative care at the final stages of life. Veterinary palliative care provides support for pets and families coping with life-limiting illness.
FIRST VETERINARY HOSPICE OR PALLIATIVE CARE VISIT
The first visit for veterinary hospice or palliative care visit is conducted by a licensed veterinarian familiar with veterinary hospice and palliative care services. In partnership with family members, goals of care that are in alignment with family members’ specific beliefs, values and goals are established. This assessment covers such topics as pain management, environmental modification, nutrition, cognitive impairment, mobility, anxiety, and overall comfort care. A plan for ongoing care is created as well as a plan for end of life wishes and aftercare. This includes a written assessment that is provided to the family and their regular veterinarian detailing our visit, assessment and recommendations. We are committed 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 within the first few weeks after the initial assessment. Follow-up telephone and email communication are free of charge.
QUALITY OF LIFE CONSULTATIONS
Quality 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. This service is of most benefit when the need for ongoing care is uncertain. This consultation is not required but is available if needed.