Busy practices often struggle to provide the support they would like
for end-of-life cases, and owners, in a state of anticipatory grief, are
sometimes giving consent to procedures they, in hindsight, regret. It
is no surprise that many of our clients get in touch having had a
previous difficult experience with their last pet and dread going
down the same route again. With an emphasis in veterinary training
on curing rather than on caring and communication there is often a
dichotomy between aggressive treatment on the one hand, and early
euthanasia (just to be on the safe side) on the other. This ignores the
fact that in most cases, with skilled clinical judgement and support,
owners can be empowered to make good and timely decisions for
their pet. Moreover, there is no better nurse for an elderly or
terminally diagnosed pet than their owner and no better place for a
pet to receive palliative treatment and a peaceful passing than at
home. Nature is unpredictable so we realise the importance of
providing a 24 hour support for pet carers.
Our vets are members of the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) and are experienced in the area of end of life care and home euthanasia.
They are compassionate and caring, and keep up to date with the latest in hospice and end of life care.
Dignipets vets, nurses and support staff are all members of the IAAHPC (International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care) and follow their guidelines.