Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pet Hospice Care



I have a lot of experience with pet hospice care not only with our own pets but with clients' pets too. Our last four pets that passed away most recently did so at home under hospice care (as well as many of our other pets), with only one being euthanized (by a mobile vet) due to her severe discomfort. 

Though pet hospice care may not be for everyone, it comes naturally to me. Maybe it just runs in the family, as my mother was a home hospice nurse (for people) for 12 years. She has been a great teacher and means of support for me while my own pets were receiving hospice care. The dying process of pets is very similar to that of humans. 

I have been providing hospice care for my own pets since before the internet was even available, so now it's nice to find different websites and organizations online that are educating and supporting people who are interested in pet hospice care. I have listed the links to a few of them below.

I recently received this wonderful (26 min.) video via email with Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, and Dr. Ella Bittel, a holistic veterinarian from Germany, discussing hospice care for animals.




Here are some pet hospice websites:

http://www.spiritsintransition.org/index.html

http://pethospice.org/

http://brighthaven.org/animal-hospice/