As an illness begins to take hold of your pet, it can become increasingly
difficult to care for him. Thankfully,
many veterinarian services offer hospice care for dying pets and their families. Before the sad eventuality of a pet’s
death, here are the ways hospice care can benefit your pet and the family.
The family gets involved.
Especially if the hospice care is in the family’s home, then it
is expected the family will have an active role in caring for the pet.
This may mean administering medications, cleaning up after the pet, and
providing emotional care. If members of the family are uncomfortable or
unable to participate, this should be stated when deciding where hospice
care should be located.
Pain management is discussed.
Veterinarian staff should have a frank and open discussion about the pet’s
pain management as his end of life approaches. Often, the family will
be trained in how to assess the pain level, and how to address the pain
with appropriate medications. If the family is too emotional or unable
to administer the pain medications, the veterinarian staff needs to be
made aware, and take appropriate action to make the animal as comfortable
Veterinary services are available.
Most veterinarians who offer hospice services will be available at all
times, should an emergency occur. These services might also include additional
care, advice, or euthanasia when it is needed. If these services are not
available, then another veterinarian practice should be available for
Euthanasia services are available.
When the time comes to put a pet down, a pet hospice should have the capability
to administer euthanasia services. The process and anticipated side effects
should be explained to the owners beforehand. Any personal time with the
dying or deceased animal should be given, as well.
Faithful Friends Pet Cemetery & Crematory is available during this
difficult time after the
loss of a pet. We can help with any pre-planning services, as well as providing a pet
memorial in our pet cemetery near Dallas, Texas. Call us today at (682)
587-2324 to learn more about our services.