Dog and Cat Hospice Consultations in Toronto
Has your pet recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness or are you concerned about your aging pet's quality of life? Our mobile hospice service in Toronto can help you schedule a hospice consultation to determine the next steps for your pet's care.
Due to the time we dedicate to each visit (1-2 hours), consultations are available during the day Monday through Friday only. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our consultation appointments are being done via telemedicine only. Our veterinarians have access to a range of technology platforms to facilitate these video calls, including Zoom and FaceTime, and can effectively observe your pet in his or her own environment as well as help you navigate through this confusing and emotional time.
We anticipate continuing to offer consultations via telemedicine due to the great success we’ve seen and the positive feedback from our clients, but also look forward to providing in-home consultations again as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Hospice Consultation Appointment
The hospice consultation will begin with a review of your pet’s medical history and in-take form (sent via email before your appointment), followed by a discussion of your pet’s current condition or illness. A telemedicine consultation will allow for observation of your pet in their normal environment via video, 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. 30 minute follow-up appointments can be arranged via telemedicine, as necessary, at an additional cost.
Planning for the Future
If you are having feelings of guilt about euthanizing your pet or you are not sure if this is the right time to do so, a consultation with one of our veterinarians may help make this heart-wrenching decision easier. We will discuss several ways to determine your pet’s quality of life. Your pet trusts and relies on you to decide what is best for them. So together, you and one of our veterinarians will evaluate your own needs and concerns and those of your pet.
We will discuss the manner in which you may want your pet to pass, along with your desires for marking or memorializing your pet exactly the way you want. Although these are very difficult and emotionally charged discussions, owners will often cope better with the loss of their pet if they have prepared for it through these discussions.
Please call (416) 817-3572 to learn more about our services as you begin to think about this phase of your pet's life.