Friday, December 13, 2013
The newest phenomenon to add to the array of pet amenities out there is pet hospice. A growing number of veterinarians are offering hospice care to give cats and dogs a more comfortable passing.
Besides ceasing aggressive medical treatment and providing pain and anti-anxiety medication, the biggest part of pet hospice care is usually euthanasia. Pet hospice care typically performs euthanasia at the pet’s home, which allows not only the pet to feel more comfortable but also the owner. Pet hospice avoids the “sense of coercion” sometimes felt by pet owners at veterinarian clinics when forced to decide between aggressive treatment and euthanasia right then and there.
See Matt Richtel, All Dogs May Go to Heaven. These Days, Some Go to Hospice., The New York Times, Nov. 30, 2013.
Special thanks to Lewis Saret for bringing this article to my attention.