Look for symptoms in the search box above; you’ll find the most common symptoms described and learn what could be causing the problem. You can also browse some common cat illnesses here or here for common dog illnesses.
There is no need to add the stress of travel to your pet’s illness; I’ll visit your home, diagnose your cat or dogs illness and recommend the best path forward.
What is Veterinary Hospice?
Veterinary Hospice is a family-centered service dedicated to maintaining comfort and quality of life for the terminally ill or geriatric pet until natural death occurs or the family elects peaceful euthanasia.
Hearing those dreaded words “nothing else can be done” does not mean that euthanasia is the only option you have left. Veterinary hospice care is a unique approach to your pet’s end-of-life needs. Extrapolated from human hospice, this specific type of veterinary care is focused on the comfort of your pet, not at finding a cure for his or her disease. It is appropriate if your pet has been diagnosed with an incurable illness or if further therapy options have been declined in lieu of comfort-oriented care. It is important to note that veterinary hospice does not include any diagnostic or blood-work services. Our goal is to manage the symptoms, focusing on comfort and maintaining the human animal bond.
Hospice care revolves around the client-patient-doctor relationship. Education about your pet’s medical condition is the most important aspect of hospice care, and it’s what Dr Brigitte spends the most time on. We have informational sheets on many common diseases our companion animals suffer .
You need to know what to expect in those last few weeks, days, and hours in order to make the best decision for you, your pet, and your family. Although we cannot know for sure, we use our medical knowledge to help you make those decisions. We assist you in implementing a plan that will meet your pet’s needs and respect your family’s wishes.
Veterinary hospice care usually includes, but is not limited to:
- Implementation of a hospice care plan for your dog or cat
- Education about the end-stage disease process
- Pain recognition and treatment
- Subcutaneous fluids
- Supplementary nutrition
- Management of incontinence
- Bandage and wound care