What is Hospice?

Hospice is defined as “a type and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of the terminally or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms.”  It is also the type of care that attends to the family’s emotional and spiritual needs.

Hospice allows you to be an active participant in deciding the best treatment plan for your pet’s needs at the end of life.  We provide education, in-home medical care, and pain management.  We also evaluate the home environment to provide your pet with comfort and safety.

Pet hospice meets the needs of pets and families when:

  • Your pet has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
  • Treatment for a disease or illness is not available.  Hospice can help keep your pet comfortable for as long as possible.
  • Your pet is now “geriatric” and is at the end of his/her life expectancy.

Assessing Pain

Pain is very individual and it can be difficult to assess objectively.  Pets often hide pain and noticing subtle signs can be a challenge.  Examples include stiff walk, slow to get up, or reluctance to jump.  Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • Is my pet whining, howling, or whimpering?
  • How is my pet’s activity level?  Does he or she seem more restless or reluctant to move?
  • Is my pet having difficulty getting up or down stairs?
  • Does my pet seem to pant excessively at rest?
  • Does my pet seem to be seeking more attention than usual?
  • Is my pet scratching, biting, or licking a body part?
  • Is my pet reluctant to be picked up or held?  Is this a new behavior?
  • Is my pet hunched?
  • Does my pet’s behavior seem out of character?

Please let us help guide you through assessing and managing pain.  There is so much we can do to help.

In honor of the Cote cats

In honor of the Cote cats