Hospice Care isn’t just about supporting your pet through their final stage of life. We also make sure that you have the support you need as you honor the lifetime of love you’ve shared with your special pet.
In general, hospice care is appropriate when your pet has been diagnosed with a terminal disease, has a life-expectancy in the range of a few days to months, and your family does not want to euthanize at this time.
How is hospice different than general veterinary care?
The biggest difference between “regular” veterinary care and hospice is that the goal shifts from directly treating your pet's underlying disease to focusing on comfort. Hospice does not mean that we can no longer treat the pet’s primary problem, but we avoid treatment that could have a significant, adverse effect on your pet's quality of life. DoveLewis' Hospice Care team works closely with you, primary care veterinarians, specialist veterinarians, and the rest of your pet's care team.
Can the whole family be involved in our pet's hospice care?
Yes. DoveLewis' Hospice Care is focused on the pet and their family. When decisions are being made, the well-being of your entire family should be taken into consideration. In addition to the Hospice Care team, DoveLewis' Pet Loss Support Program is a vital resource for supporting your family with options for grief support, conversations around quality of life, and more.
As your pet’s health declines, you may elect to care for your pet at home—with the supervision of a veterinarian—or you may decide to end his suffering with euthanasia. Read on to find out how to help make your pet’s final days peaceful and dignified.
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