Opting for quality of life

By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

If you have a pet with a terminal disease, there comes a point when more treatment won’t help. In fact, it could even make your four-legged friend feel worse. At that point, you may decide to stop therapy and have your beloved buddy live out his days in the comfortable surroundings of home. This is hospice care.

Hospice for pets is takes after the same type of care used for people. The goal is comfort, both physical and emotional. Because owners provide most of their pet’s care, they need to team with a veterinarian who is comfortable teaching them how to do just that. Important keysare knowing how to identify and manage pain and when it’s time to say goodbye. Most veterinarians will be able to perform euthanasia at home, too.

Hospice isn’t for all pet owners, but it’s comforting to know this loving option exists.