Hospice care aims to meet the physical and mental needs of a pet faced with a life-limiting 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. Hospice exists to provide support and care for patients in the last phases of an incurable disease, or at the natural end of life. Pet hospice focuses on caring, not curing.
In-home hospice care helps alleviate the stress associated with visits to the veterinary clinic, and allows you and your pet to enjoy your special time together in the familiar surroundings of home. The decision to pursue hospice care, though not for everyone, strengthens the bond between you and your pet and helps prepare for the passing of your special companion.
Goals for Hospice Care
These steps help us complete a thorough assessment of each pet and pet family’s needs, while also allowing for the flexibility of tailoring care on a case-by-case basis. The steps include:
- Home visit with evaluation of the pet owner’s needs, beliefs, and goals for the pet
- Education about your pet’s disease processes and guidance on assessing quality of life indicators.
- Development and application of a personalized hospice care plan for the pet and their family
- Emotional support during your pet’s care process, as well as after death
When you call us about our pet euthanasia service, we will start with a phone consultation and pre-euthanasia consultation if needed. If you aren’t sure the time is right, we can discuss your pet’s quality of life.
The doctor will meet your cat or dog and talk with you about the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
We do not want your pet to be in any discomfort or feel any anxiety during the process. The doctor will give a sedative to your pet that will put him or her into a comfortable rest before administering the euthanasia solution.
After your pet is sedated, and you are ready, the doctor will administer the euthanasia solution, listen to your dog or cat’s heart, and will let you know when he or she has passed. This is a peaceful, painless process.
You have the decision of keeping your deceased pet with you to bury at home, to elect in communal cremation, or to have your pets cremated remains returned to you. Please see Fees for more information.
Do not hesitate to call or email if you have questions.
We offer cremation services for pets who have passed away naturally at home. We will come to your home and pick up your pet’s remains for cremation, whether you would like your pet’s cremated remains back or not.