What is Pet Hospice (Pawspice)?
Companion animal hospice care is now a better alternative for the terminal patient. Rather than further heroic attempts to cure illness, you, your primary veterinarian and I work together to make your pet as comfortable managing pain and controlling symptoms as much as is possible during their final days at home. Call or email today, to schedule an in-home consultation. Please note that GHVS does not provide mobile wellness veterinary care.
Gifted Hands Pet Hospice is dedicated to providing care wherever patients call home. Whether it is in the home lived in for years or a skilled hospice center (coming soon). We tailor our caregiving to fit each patient's needs and each family's unique situation.
Pet Hospice (Pawspice) supports and upholds the wishes, goals and values of our patient's families. At Gifted Hands Pet Hospice, we help preserve our patients' dignity, show them the respect they deserve and provide caring compassion through our Caring Promises. We encourge open discussions with our patient's families to understand their health care choices, while providing support during challenging health circumstances.
The Gifted Hands Pet Hospice Team helps manage pain and symptoms enabling our patients to live life as fully and comfortable as possible. Our Pet Hospice Team helps create a comforting environment for patients families to share thoughts, hopes and concerns. Our special bereavement program provides additional emotional support.
- Families would recommend our pet hospice service to others.
- Families felt we treated them with courtesy and respect.
Hospice may last from days to years. During illness, your pet may suffer from losses of certain functions of daily living. Our team will help you identify, address and correct some of those, which may include:
- Recognition and management of pain
- Appetite and food intake
- Dealing with incontinence
- Managing immobility and/or paralysis
- Assessing your pet for dehydration
We will educate you about medicines that are used in supportive care, including analgesics for pain, appetite stimulants, anti-nausea medications, subcutaneous fluids for hydration, as well as the administration of injections when necessary. We can advise you on mobility aids that can help aging, unsteady animals negotiate their environment more confidently. You can also turn to us to help you recognize the signs of impending death and the process of euthanasia, because we understand how difficult it is to know when the time is right to make that decision.