When a companion animal is diagnosed with a terminal or debilitating illness, hospice care may be chosen to provide the highest quality end-of-life care for the animal and the family, until natural death or euthanasia is chosen.
NAMC doctor Carrie Frey, DVM and Nanci Kyhn, LVT recently attended The International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care’s second annual conference in Denver, CO. They were among leaders from around the world who spent three robust days listening to educational leaders in the area of pet hospice and palliative care best practices. Dr. Frey stated “From the work that I’m already doing in the field with pet parents, I know that this is one more service for those pet parents who say to me “I want to know that I did everything I could for my pet.” Dr. Frey continued “It’s such an honor to walk this final journey with pet parents and I want to make sure that I have all of the information that I need to be a resource to these loving pet owners.”
NAMC HOSPICE HELPS PROVIDE
- In home services
- Providing pain management for pets, assisting with mobility and maintaining sanitary conditions and patient comfort at home
- Regular and frequent communication with you and your family
- Record Keeping
- Support for the family throughout the last days of a pet family member
- Providing in clinic respite care for pets in the event the pet owner has to be gone
- Pre-event counseling: Preparation for pet loss and death aftercare
We would love to speak to you about this new service. It is something that allows pet owners to keep their pets at home with them and go through end of live together with support and caring. In human medicine is widely recognized and we are very excited that we will be able to provide hospice for pets and their people. For more information feel free to contact Dr. Carrie Frey at Nebraska Animal Medical And Emergency Center 402-423-9100.