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Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice and Palliative Care

All Pets Go To Heaven, Some Go To Hospice

Pet parents are often faced with difficult decisions when a beloved companion is nearing the end of their life.

The concept of hospice and palliative care has been around for a while in human medicine, but veterinary hospice is a relatively new concept.

The AVMA describes it in this way: 

“Hospice Care focuses on providing the best quality of life possible for a pet with a terminal disease or condition until the pet dies or is euthanized. Hospice care also helps you by providing you with time to adjust to the coming loss of your companion. The care is tailored to the needs of both you and your pet.”

The biggest difference between “regular” veterinary care and hospice is that, with hospice, the goal shifts from directly treating the patients’ underlying disease to keeping him or her comfortable and content.

Dr. Kuhn and Dr. Dalghren were both part of the first graduating class of veterinarians to earn their credentials in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. They are here to support your pet and your family to make sure the time you have left together will be remembered fondly. 

Our Mission Statement for Hospice: 

To provide compassionate, comprehensive end of life care to our patients affected by an advanced illness, while supporting our clients needs, beliefs, and wishes. We will help patients live comfortably in their final days and help caretakers cope with the ultimate loss of their loved ones.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact us at 804-386-0196.