The hospice consultation will begin with a review of your pet’s medical history followed by a discussion of your pet’s current condition or illness. A gentle physical examination and detailed questionnaires will allow our veterinarians to determine whether or not your pet may be in pain. An in-home consultation will allow proper observation of your pet in their normal environment allowing identification of any areas of concern. Time will be spent discussing your pet’s activities of daily living including nutritional and hydration needs, pain management, assessment of quality of life and much, much more.
An in-depth conversation regarding your concerns, fears, needs, and goals regarding the condition of your pet including frank discussions about your pet’s nearing end of life and possible euthanasia, where appropriate, will also occur. Feelings of anticipatory grief will be discussed when deemed necessary. You will then receive a personalized plan for the care of you and your pet.
All of the information shared during the consultation will be included in your personalized plan, as well as information and action plans to help ensure your pet does not suffer during his or her last months, weeks or days at home. We can work with your regular veterinarian to set up in-home care for treatments they have recommended, followed by updates to keep them apprised of your pet’s condition. Follow up house calls can be arranged, as necessary.