What makes hospice care different from the care my pet would otherwise
Hospice is a concept of caring
that emphasizes palliative rather than curative treatment.
This type of care is provided to pets that have a limited life expectancy. Hospice
affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Hospice provides personalized services where professional
medical care is given and sophisticated symptom relief provided for end of life pets.
How do I decide if it is time for hospice care?
Exploring hospice care is always an appropriate
option when treatment is not being pursued or treatment has been sought but, the pet will not recover, thereby, benefiting greatly
with end of life palliative measures.
the time to enter hospice care is before the bad days outnumber the good so that your pet can receive
the most benefit from your Hospice Team.
Will my pet have
to stay at the vet clinic or can hospice care be done in the home?
There are many differently structured programs around the country, but
most emphasize minimizing hospital stays. Healing Heart Pet Hospice,
here in Northeast Wisconsin, mirrors human hospice closely in that hospice care takes place in the family’s
home so that the pet can stay in familiar surroundings. Trained, Licensed CVT’s make home
visits to facilitate professional care.
Is hospice care the same thing as euthanasia?
Hospice care neither hastens nor postpones death. Euthanasia
has been an acceptable option in veterinary medicine. However, one of the jobs of the Hospice Team is to
be respectful of each family’s sensitive value system and to gently guide a family in their decisions regarding their
pet’s transition. This is just one of the many reasons it is so important to have a knowledgeable
and professional Hospice Team.
How expensive is hospice care?
The cost of care is dependent on many factors:
These are just a few of the factors involved.
But, the Hospice Team should make every effort to keep the cost affordable, for instance, by empowering the pet family
in the care process and scripting medications to pharmacies that are price competitive.
Can I provide hospice care on my own?
In Hospice care we use the term “Circle of Care”. This
care is all encompassing and nurtures the end of life pet as well as honor the bond shared with their family.
The Hospice Team is an extension of the pet family and, if requested, the primary veterinarian, in providing education
and care for families. Most families are relieved to have the assistance of licensed professionals in the
field of palliative care to assist them in the care of their pet as well as receiving the emotional and, sometimes, spiritual
support they most often need while caring for their pet.
Is hospice care only provided for pets with cancer?
cancer is one of the more common disease processes benefiting from Hospice and palliative end of life care, but other diseases,
such as central nervous system conditions, non oxygen dependent cardiac conditions, renal failure and endocrine disorders
are but a few of the conditions that will benefit.