Hospice Care at Elgin Veterinary Hospital
By Emily Hoppmann
Age isn’t a disease, but it is true that seniors are more likely to develop diseases than younger pets. Our team places a huge focus on senior pet care and being there for you and your pet as they age. We offer age-appropriate diagnostics so we can better understand the needs of your aging pets, as well as full-service medical and surgical services to help manage these needs. We believe in pet hospice care, designed to give supportive care to pets in the final phase of life and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The goal is to enable patients to be comfortable and free of pain so that they may live each day as fully as possible.
The palliative and hospice care for terminal pets allows us to be there to provide support and answer questions every step of the way. No owner wants to see their pet suffer and neither do we. By having this program, it allows us to help preserve the precious family-pet relationship and advocate for pets with terminal conditions. It is a common misconception that when a pet receives a terminal diagnosis all care options have been exhausted. However, in the time between the diagnosis and when it is time to let go, there are a number of things that we can do to relieve clinical signs and keep your pet as comfortable as possible, for as long as possible.
At the core of palliative and hospice care is appropriate, comprehensive, aggressive pain management – ensuring that no patient suffers. We are able to medically assess your pet’s pain level and tailor a medical protocol for each individual patient and use every type of pain management, from environmental adjustments to acupuncture to different types of pain medications, possible. Communication of your wants and needs, and what we can do for you is vital in the success of treating your pet with the best care available.
We want to be there to help you every step of the way and focus on sustaining comfort, relieving pain, and helping you make the difficult decision, when humane and compassionate euthanasia is needed, and what options you have for your pet after his or her passing. Our two- and four-legged family members will always have our open hearts and assistance during this emotionally delicate time, and unwavering support while navigating the end a beloved friend’s life.