Hospice & Palliative Care

We are devoted to providing continuum care for all the pets in our care and feel privileged to offer guidance during your pet’s end of life journey. Our approach to it is determined on your pet’s condition and your wishes.

One approach is Palliative Care which offers “comfort care” for your geriatric pet or for your pet of any age with a life-limiting illness or ailment that is no longer responding to curative treatment. We will tailor a plan that will embrace all of your pet’s end-of-life needs. It will focus on managing symptoms, maintaining happiness, and comfort for as long as possible while attaining the best quality of life for your pet and the pet family. Palliative care can go on as long as it is needed, for months and even for years.

The second approach is Veterinary Hospice and defined as a philosophy that nurtures dignity and respect during your pet’s end-of-life journey which may be nearing the end. It focuses on “comfort care” while supporting the emotional needs of the pet families. It does not include any diagnostic or blood-work services to diagnose or treat. Instead, it offers support and care for pets in the last phases of an incurable disease, or at the natural end of life. Palliative care is integrated into all aspects of Veterinary Hospice care plans.

Disease or conditions that pets may have that would benefit from hospice or palliative are:

  • Cancer
  • Organ failure [kidneys, liver, and heart are common examples]
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cognitive dysfunction or dementia
  • Senior pets approaching the end of life
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Any life-limiting condition that is adding to an excessive burden of caregiving for a family, or treatments/interventions that are unacceptable to the pet.

Palliative Pet Care Article