Would you pay for a vet to come to you and your pet, and help keep your sick cat
or aging dog
comfortable in their last days? Would you want your pet to be put down at home, as opposed to a vet's office, when the time came?Talking about pet loss
at all is tough, because our pets become such integral parts of our families. But it is important to prepare for a pet "crossing the rainbow bridge," and pet parents' options are changing.
What Is Pet Hospice Care?
Some veterinarians are going mobile
to care for cats, dogs, and other small pets, and now there's a trend in end-of-life care coming to pets' homes, too.Like hospice care for humans, it's about providing the best care based on the options available, with the comfort of the patient as a big decision-making factor. Quality of life, not just quantity, is key.Dr. Jamie Glaser, DVM
, explains, "Hospice care really is based on accepting death as a part of life; making good plans and decisions, and offering compassionate care."The benefit of potentially paying more for this service? Your pet doesn't have to make stressful trips to the vet's office to be cared for. And when it's time, your pet can be put to sleep in the comfort of your home, too.
How to Find a Hospice Care Veterinarian
The International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
lists veterinarians all over the US who offer hospice care.
What Do You Think?
Would you want to have your pet cared for at home in their last days? How much is too much to pay? Let us know in the comments below!