Veterinary hospice care
We are dedicated to giving pets and their family quality time together towards the end.
With home hospice, we are able to assess your pet at home, and address symptoms such as pain, nausea, loss of appetite to make sure you and your pet are able to enjoy life together- even with a diagnosis of a terminal or life limiting disease.
Pet hospice focuses on symptom management, providing comfort and quality of life when there is no cure.
Pet hospice is about meeting your needs as well as your pet’s needs. We are able to work with your family vet to provide the best possible care.
Conditions we see for hospice care include arthritis, cancer, kidney disease and old age, to mention a few.
When formulating a plan for your pet we focus on maintaining quality of life, so that you and your pet can carry on enjoying life together for as long as possible.
Whether there simply is no cure, or you don’t feel pursuing more aggressive treatment is the right choice for you and your pet,
we will work with you to ensure you and your pet are both happy.
We use quality of life assessments and pain assessments to ensure your pet has good quality of life.
When the time comes for euthanasia, your pet will be able to stay at home for a gentle and dignified ending day or night.
Home hospice consultations are only available during normal working hours however if your pet is in crisis and needs to be put to sleep at home, we have a 24/7 service for emergencies.
What does a visit involve?
The visits are carried out by your Dignipets vet.
They normally take around an hour and we ask for all the carers of the pet to be present if possible.
If your pet has been seen by your family vet we would ask you for your permission to request their clinical history.
The visit includes a clinical examination, disease education, pain and quality of life assessment.
We will also be able to prescribe (pain) medication at the time of the visit but this is not included in our visit fee.
Depending on your animal’s condition we would request you to fill in ongoing questionnaires to assess your pet’s welfare and response to medication and care. This is so your Dignipets vet stays updated on your pet’s condition.
This could be daily, weekly or monthly depending on your pet’s needs. At the time of the visit we will ask about your communication preferences.
You will receive a written report and, on request, we can send a copy to your family vet. Ongoing support is a vital part of our services.
Our nurse will then work closely with you and play an important role in navigating you through the advice and treatment given.
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