8:52 30 June 2010

Pet Hospice Care

Pet Hospice is a relatively new concept, modeled on the practice in human medicine that began in the 1960’s.  Pet Hospice is not a specific place, but rather a philosophy.  It promotes an alternative to death in an impersonal, clincial hospital environment and teaches that terminal illness and death can be experienced with dignity as an animal rests at home with its loving family.

There may come a time in your pet’s life when fighting a terminal illness or disease, when you as a pet owner need to make a decision.  Is the cost of the treatment more than the benenfit?  Does the treatment cause your pet more pain or illness without hope of a cure?  You may need to decide which is more important for your pet – the quality of life, or the quantity of life? 

The goals of Pet Hospice is to give your pet a safe, caring, intimate end-of-life experience at home, in a familiar environment.  It is not geared toward curing a disease, but rather keeping the disease from causing your pet any more discomfort.  It’s primary focus is on providing pain control and physical and emotional comfort to your pet in his/her last days.  It prevents anxiety from hospital care, and allows pets and owners more time together as the pet is cared for at home.  Pet owners are given one-on-one time  to come to grips with their pet’s disease and and can say good-bye in their own personal way.  Hospice helps make a pet’s death a more kinder, intimate experience for both pets and their owners.

Pay loving tribute to your beloved pet with a Pet Cremation Urn with the Rainbow Bridge Poem on it.  It is a beautiful reminder who will be waiting for us in the meadows of Heaven when we pass on.

4 Responses to “Pet Hospice Care”

  1. Doug Koktavy says:

    Thank you for bringing awareness to this important issue. Pet hospice is an important option that many companion animal humans will need to consider. Closely related is the topic of “Anticipatory Grief” which is simply grieving a future loss today. I was crestfallen when my black Lab Beezer was given 90 days to live. I noticed many books dealing with the death of a pet (after a pet has departed), but nothing to help during the illness. So I wrote a book to help humans during this difficult time. Pet hospice can be very personalized with a number of in-home actions that can be implemented at no cost and designed to bring peace to the humans. Thanks again for raising these issues.

    Doug Koktavy
    Author: The Legacy of Beezer and Boomer: Lessons on Living and Dying From My Canine Brothers

  2. Renae says:

    Kudos for the great details, It was precisely what I was looking for, and extremely useful.

  3. found your site on del.icio.us today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

  4. I pretty much knew about most of this, but nevertheless, I still thought it was helpful. Great job!

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