What is Pet Hospice?
Pet hospice is a very specialized type of veterinary care for pets in the end-of-life stage once the owners have decided not to pursue curative treatment. Hospice care focuses on quality of life and comfort, not a cure.
Doesn’t That Mean Giving Up?
Not at all. It simply means you have a different goal. With pet hospice, we focus on educating owners as to what to expect, and helping you plan for your pet’s end of life transition, be it pet euthanasia or natural death. We focus on your family’s needs, as well as your pet’s.
Interestingly, studies have shown pets in hospice tend to live longer than those who continue to pursue curative therapy! We believe this is because providing good quality of life extends the time a pet can remain with us.
The Quality of Life Assessment
All families considering hospice care are given an initial Quality of Life Assessment appointment. You do not need to wait until you think your pet may be close to dying- in fact, we encourage visits as early as possible! The sooner after a terminal diagnosis is made, the more information we can help you with in terms of planning ahead.
The Quality of Life Assessment is a one-hour appointment where we discuss your pet’s diagnosis, prognosis, and what is likely to happen in the upcoming months. We discuss the common quality of life scales you can use at home, and help you think about what endpoints you might be considering for your own pet.
The Quality of Life Assessment appointment can also become a Hospice appointment, should the client decide to go that route.
Note: As a home visit practice, Paws into Grace has limited capacity for diagnostic testing and is not intended to replace your regular veterinarian for primary care. Quality of Life assessments are most beneficial for owners who already have a diagnosis and a recent visit with their regular veterinarian.
The in-home Quality of Life Assessment appointment is $250. The right decision at the right time can make all the difference in the world. Book now.
Pet Hospice Consultation
A hospice consultation is required for pet parents thinking of having Paws into Grace provide ongoing hospice care. This 2-hour consultation covers everything from the Quality of Life Assessment and adds on a specific medical plan for providing palliative care for your pet, including:
- Comprehensive palliative care plan, including pain medication options
- Letter to referring DVM
- Recommendations for nursing care such as subcutaneous fluids
- Pre-planning for memorial services, if desired
Once enrolled in hospice, the initial consultation fee of $350 includes one month of follow-up phone calls, emails, and reduced fee of $250 for in-home follow-up appointments (Refunds not available).
At the end of one month, should the client wish to continue the hospice relationship, monthly fees are $200 for follow up phone calls, emails, and a reduced fee for in-home follow-up appointments.