Pet Hospice and Palliative Care
Compassionate end of life care for pets with terminal illness
When pets are diagnosed with terminal illness emotions often run high. In many cases you may be facing one of two very difficult choices – prolonging life through further therapies or helping your pet pass peacefully through euthanasia.
However, hearing those dreaded words “there is nothing more we can do” does not mean euthanasia is your only choice.
Hospice care (derived from the human approach to quality end of life care) can also be applied to equally to our beloved furry companions. Applying this comfort orientated care to our pets means we don’t carry out on further diagnostics, surgery or advanced medical treatments but instead focus on maintaining quality of life through supportive medications combined with gentle, non invasive therapies.
In our experience (palliating hundreds of patients over many years) – depending on your pet’s condition, this period of time can vary from just a few days to several weeks and even months.
Applying hospice principles allows you to spend extra quality time with your precious pet as well as emotionally plan and prepare for his or her final passing.
Veterinary Hospice is based on managing these minimum Quality of Life Standards of Care
Our Billy Care Program
Our in house Pet Palliative and Hospice care program is designed to meet the needs of pets with terminal illness where further treatment or surgery has been declined in favour of quality end of life care management.
It is dedicated to “Billy” who many of our clients knew as Dr Malcolm Ware’s loyal companion for over 11 years who was palliated through terminal heart disease for over 14 months. (RIP Billy 2001 – 2013)
We have wonderful non invasive therapies that help keep our patients with chronic or terminal illness as mobile and pain free as possible Therapies include:
- Rehabilitation therapies – Massage – Therapeutic Exercises
- Acupuncture for mobility and pain management
- Laser Therapy for mobility and pain management
- Hydrotherapy – For mobility and muscle retention
- Shock-wave therapy – for pain management
We also offer respite care for our terminally ill patients. Please feel free to contact our concierge if you need us to take care of your your pet for a few days or so while you take a break.
Our hospital services take care of pets 24/7 with a vet available at all times.