Pet Hospice Eases Pain for Pets, Owners

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There's nothing easy about losing a pet, especially when your pet is experiencing pain and discomfort in their final weeks or months. But a new branch of pet care services, pet hospice, is helping ease pets' suffering and provide their owners with a sense of peace and comfort.

Dr. Amir Shanan is the founder of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and he says that less than ten animal services in the United States meet the organization's strict guidelines.

He says that the best pet hospice providers offer not just physical support for an ailing animal, but also social and emotional support. Most pet hospices require that the animal is under the care of a veterinarian, as they typically do not diagnose or prescribe medication.

Those pets that receive a terminal diagnosis but aren't in pain have the option of receiving palliative care, including massages and home-cooked organic meals.

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  1. Marsha Kesselring

    Our 7 year old Newfie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in March of this year and I can attest to the need for hospice type care and support. Katie was not a candidate for amputation due to her large size, front paw involvement and history of a plate and screws in her hind paw from an old acl repair. We opted for 2 palliative radiation treatments to her paw and are considering a third (which will only be an option if there is no mets to her lungs). She is still happy and we control her pain through a variety of means. We have a wonderful local vet who has done accupuncture in our kitchen when she suddenly wouldn't move off her bed. For radiation we drive four hours to Ft. Collins and the CSU vet cancer center. She is still happy and we will keep her aound as long as she is. About the same time, one of our cats was diagnosed with an oral cancer. She has had several treatments to remove tumor and is down to a few measly pounds but still eats everything we put in front of her. The stress of this year has been unbelievable. There are always so many questions, which treatments are best, what can I afford, when is it time to say enough? Hospice care to help ease our beloved fur kids across the rainbow bridge is a great idea.

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