Interview with Dr. Lara Sypniewski
One of the few negatives about having pets is that our pets rarely out live us. With any luck, we will outlive many pets during our lifetime.
When our pets reach the end of life, hospice care is available if needed, much like that for people. The goal of hospice care is to keep the pet as comfortable as possible as life winds down.
In the final stages of life pain control, medical therapy, low level laser and ultrasound therapy, as well as massage can help to keep the good days outnumbering the bad days. With the realistic goal of quality of life over quantity of life, hospice care helps our pets never lose their dignity.
Veterinarians play a crucial role in the final stages of many pets’ lives by counseling pet owners on end of life decisions. As much as we grieve the loss of our beloved pets, we would never want them to live forever in pain.
That’s what hospice care for our pets is really all about, easing the pain at the end of life. Your veterinarian will be your support through all the stages of life with your pet, and help you and your pet with even the most difficult decisions.