Hospice care for pets is very similar to the in home care available for terminally ill people. With the help and training of Dr. Christine Daigler, pet owners are taught how to administer pain medication, change bandages, provide fluid therapy, and perform general nursing duties at home to allow the terminally ill animal loved one to be as comfortable as they can be.
Hospice care can last a few days to a few weeks, and owners need to be willing to devote the time necessary to make it work.
How Does Hospice Work?
Dr. Daigler works closely with pet owners who choose hospice care to ensure the pets are kept comfortable and are well cared for. The initial instruction of specific procedures that may be performed, such as fluid therapy and pain management, can be provided on the first visit.
Some owners are uncomfortable with or are unable to perform the procedures that their pet may require. Home care visits may be the best option for many people. Dr. Daigler will come to your home as often as requested, do what is needed to care for the pet, and offer support and guidance for the owner.
Why Choose Hospice?
More and more people view their pets as members of the family. Hospice care gives families more time with their terminally ill pet, and helps them adjust to their approaching loss. It strengthens the bond between owner and pet and helps prepare the owner for the passing of their special companion. Hospice care allows the pet to enjoy the last days of life in the familiar surroundings of home, and in the company of loved ones.
Hospice is not a good choice for all pet owners. It requires time and commitment from everyone involved and it can be expensive. However, should you choose hospice care as an option for your pet, it may be one of the most rewarding and memorable times of your life. It is a small price to pay for the years of devotion and companionship.