Palliative veterinary care is aimed to increase comfort and minimise suffering in any stage of a pet’s disease.
Palliative veterinary care may be appropriate for a pet that had surgery (but still needs on- going support), long term illnesses (chronic pancreatitis, osteoarthritis, Westie lung disease) or many other conditions that require long term management. Our team is here to support you and your pet in the familiar surroundings of your home. Taking care of them at home gives you as a pet owner a way of contributing to the medical care of your pet. This includes addressing their social and emotional needs as well as your own.
Whether your pet is recovering from surgery or disease we can advise you on how to best support them at home. At Dignipets our vets follow a Bond Centred Approach where the focus is on you and the bond with your pet.
We feel that with the right veterinary advice the best place for a pet is at home, and the best carer is their owner. We also believe in the obligation to care for our pets on their own terms out of respect for them as unique living beings.
The palliative care visits are carried out by one of our Dignipets vets. They normally take around 1- 1 ½ hours 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 or a referral centre, we would ask you for your permission to request their clinical history. The home visit includes a clinical examination, disease education, pain and quality of life assessment, home environment assessment, as well as a discussion regarding your wishes and concerns, to try to assess the best way to move forward. We will also be able to prescribe (pain) medication at the time of the visit but this is not included in the visit fee.
Depending on your pet’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 to allow our team to stay updated on your pet’s condition, and to ensure we pick up on any changes as quickly as possible. This could be required 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 also 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.