Do you want to take care of a beloved elderly or terminally ill pet at home for as long as possible? Do you know there is a foundation that is helping educate veterinarians and others about pet hospice care? Do you know you can get help to provide hospice-type care at home for a terminally ill pet?
The Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets is already ten years old. More and more vets are learning that people want these options. Animals live longer and are more a part of the family than ever before in history. For some people, their pet is their only companion for many years, and their concerns and wish to honor that life are to be expected. Our ability to honor life and love in whatever form is a testament to our humanity and compassion for all creatures.
If you have a pet that is newly diagnosed, you may want to visit the online chat for those with anticipatory grief. It is overseen by a professional counselor at the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. You can talk to others who are going through the same adjustments. However, the biggest benefit is learning how to make those last days wonderful for both of you, instead of filling them with stress and heartbreak. Pawspice is about the quality of life for both of you.
Your veterinarian is the expert, but he or she doesn’t usually see your home, unless you’ve got a mobile vet. Even then, they don’t have time to search out products and resources to make your life and that of your pet easier.
I’ve got a family of special needs pets myself and have done pet pawspice care at home, as well as having over twenty years of experience with rescued animals and pets with ongoing medical needs. If you need resources or if you can’t find these services in your area, let me know. I’ll try to help you find what you need. I feel honored to help people and pets who are sharing this difficult journey.