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Feature September 2016 Issue

Hospice Care for Our Pets

Caregiver Tom Lawrence assisting hospice house call veterinarian, Dr. Tina Ellenbogen, with a quality of life exam for Gabby.

Hospice Care for Our Pets

It's not a place — it's a philosophy of care that turns the focus from cure to comfort. Here's how it may one day benefit you and your beloved pets.

In today’s culture, pets are commonly considered to be beloved family members, and the decisions we make regarding their care often reflect our own philosophical views regarding nutrition, emotional well-being and healthcare. With improved nutrition and medical advances, our pets are living longer, healthier lives — and receiving the type of care once thought out of reach for animals.

While these medical advancements certainly give us hope, they also raise a number of decisions we must make on behalf of a beloved pet regarding a thoughtful, compassionate end-of-life plan.

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